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Graduate Students Receive Dissertation Fellowships

Eric Tague

Eric Tague

Two chemistry graduate students received 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowships for $10,000. The criteria for the selection process focused on the ability to make a convincing case for the importance of the project to those not familiar with the discipline, student’s academic achievement, and evidence that fellowship support will result in the defense of the dissertation by the end of summer 2019.  

Eric Tague’s research attempts to measure changes in the small molecule composition of bacterial species when exposed to different stressors.

“It impacts the understanding of how cells adapt to genetic mutations and why some bacteria become tolerant to antibiotics,” Tague says, who has been conducting research within Professor Shawn Campagna’s lab group.

Jordan Kaiser’s research demonstrates the ability to use photoredox chemistry to control the behavior of an olefin polymerization catalyst.

“I’m just grateful to be selected for this fellowship,” says Kiser, who works in Professor Brian Long’s lab group. “I’m sure it was a competitive application pool and I’m honored to be given this opportunity.”