Anderson a Finalist for Research Prize
November 16, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University senior Erin Anderson, a chemistry
major from Freeburg, Ill., recently returned from presenting her research, catalyzing
known reactions with relatively non-toxic Bismuth compounds, at the UT Southwestern
Biochemistry Research Retreat, held in New Braunfels, Texas, from November 10-12.
Anderson was selected as one of 12 finalists for the 2006 Frank and Sara McKnight
Prize in Undergraduate Chemistry from a field of over 100 highly accomplished applicants
representing 81 schools in 28 states.
Working in the Laboratory for Environmentally Friendly Organic Synthesis under Ram
Mohan, associate professor of chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan, Anderson credits "his
great advising for all my experience."
The Frank and Sara McKnight Prize in Undergraduate Chemistry is an award for senior
undergraduates who have done outstanding laboratory research in chemistry. Applications
are judged based on an applicant's written summary of the research, GRE scores and
GPA, as well as a letter of support sent by the applicant's research mentor.
Finalists for the prize are also eligible for Welch Foundation/UT Southwestern Graduate
Fellowships in Chemistry, awarded to students pursuing graduate training in synthetic
and/or natural products chemistry at UT Southwestern.
Contact: Meg Dubuque, (309) 556-3181