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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
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."