Student Awarded ACS Honor
January 12, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University student Ronald Fowle Grider of East
Peoria, Ill., is the recipient of an American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholar Program
The program awards minority students who want to enter the field of chemistry or other
chemistry-related fields, such as environmental science, toxicology and chemical technology.
A sophomore chemistry major, Grider has been researching the synthesis of macrocyclic
compounds. According to Chemistry Department Chair Rebecca Roesner, Grider also participated
in a National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates
program at Southern Illinois University last summer, studying aspects of mass spectroscopy.
Grider is violinist in the Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra and a volunteer at the
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.
The last Illinois Wesleyan student to receive the ACS award was alumna Laura Pinelo
of Orange Park, Fla., who was honored in 2006.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960