Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Chemistry Student Showcased to Alumni

Last spring, chemistry major Chris Warkentin applied for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.  He did not win the award, but did receive an honorable mention for his achievements.  This is a first for our campus.  Later that semester he received a SMART grant to research with chemistry professor Grace Muna over the summer.  Now a year later, Chris plans to apply for the Goldwater Scholarship again.  Armed with more research, more awards, and more education, his chances are good and we hope for the best.  The full story about Chris' scholarship effort and research were highlighted in the 2015 Fall/Winter issue of alumni-reaching Foundations magazine, which is also the source of the picture above (unfortunately the current issue is not yet online - please click here for a temporary link). 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Carolyn & Lawrence Garber Summer Research Scholarship

Emeritus Professor Larry Garber and his wife Carolyn have generously established funding for students interested in summer research.  Garber was the inorganic chemist for many years before he was called to serve in administration (vice chancellor and dean were some of his titles).  He was a prominent voice in the department and is now making an impact even in retirement.  Because many IU South Bend students must juggle course work with part-time jobs to pay for school, research is often not an option. The summer research scholarship provided by the Garbers will change this.  The photograph above was taken from  the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of IU South Bend's Foundations publication where you can find more information about the Garbers and their scholarship (the previous issue, and perhaps soon, this one, can be found online  - please click here for a temporary link).  This scholarship is just one of several recent examples of the community giving back to IU South Bend: in 2015 RC MedReview Fellowship was established and in 2012  the Brian A. Zeider Excellence in Biochemistry Scholarship was first offered. Thank you very much, Larry and Carolyn, for the generous opportunity you have provided for our students.