Grider Named Scholar of the Year

Feb. 24, 2012
Ronald Grider

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Ronald Grider, an Illinois Wesleyan University senior from Peoria, Ill., has been named a 2012 Collegiate Scholar of the Year by the Illinois Heartland Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Recipients of the prestigious award are determined by their grade point average and contribution to research in the field. Grider will be honored at the annual ACS banquet in Peoria on April 10 and will receive a certificate and $200 award. 

Grider has been a member of the ACS Scholar’s Program for the past three years, as well as participated in numerous research projects. On campus, he conducted a research project with Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry Rebecca Roesner on synthesizing a macrocyclic “host” molecule for a polyoxometalate “guest.” Most recently, Grider worked in the research lab of Chair and Associate Professor of Biology David Bollivar in determining the biosynthetic pathway of bacteriochlorophyll.

He spent his summers researching at various universities, including Southern Illinois University studying plasma polymers.  The summer after his sophomore year, Grider attended the Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP) at Harvard Medical School.  In that program, he used x-ray crystallography to determine how Herpesviruses replicate. The summer after his junior year, he attended an REU in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago studying a protein involved in organizing the actin cytoskeleton.

Upon graduation, Grider plans to obtain an MD-Ph.D. degree.  “I am very honored and excited for being selected to receive this award and to attend the banquet in my hometown,” said Grider.

 Contact: Courtney Keenan, ’12, (309) 556-3181,