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Release: March 25, 2002

UI chemistry student receives prestigious undergraduate scholarship

Adam Christensen of Cedar Falls, Iowa, a junior chemistry major in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been selected by the chemistry department chair to receive a Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Undergraduate Scholarship for Excellence in Chemistry.

The scholarship provides $5,500 of support for Christensen to continue his honors research in the laboratory of chemistry professor Vicki Grassian during the summers of 2002 and 2003.

Christensen's research involves studying the reactions of environmentally important pollutants on the surfaces of particles that mimic atmospheric dust particles. Grassian describes Christensen as "… an exceptional student and scientist. He can do it all – build and construct complicated equipment, analyze data, troubleshoot and design electronic equipment …" He plans to attend graduate school in chemistry or biochemistry when he completes his Iowa studies, and is interested in pursuing an academic career that involves research in neurochemistry.

In the fall of 2001, the board of directors of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation awarded a Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Undergraduate Scholarship for Excellence in Chemistry to the UI department of chemistry. According to the Dreyfus Foundation, the award is designed "…to encourage outstanding undergraduates at formative stages of their education to choose careers in the chemical sciences."