Nottingham '16 Named ACS Scholar, Intellectual Leader
April 13, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University chemistry major Kyle Nottingham ’16 has been named a 2016 Collegiate Scholar by the Illinois
Heartland Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
As part of the world’s largest scientific society, the Illinois Heartland ACS membership
includes 240 chemists, chemical engineers and educators in an 11-county area. The
group provides science education opportunities through summer internships, competitions
and other activities.
A native of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Nottingham has been conducting research in the
lab of Ram Mohan, the Wendell and Loretta Hess Professor of Chemistry, for the past
two years. “As a result of my time in Dr. Mohan’s lab, I have developed a new appreciation
for green chemistry principles,” Nottingham said. “Dr. Mohan’s group is modeled after
Ph.D. groups and as a result, we have weekly group meetings where we solve challenging
spectroscopy problems, determine products of complex synthetic pathways, and present
articles from current literature. The challenging problem sets push my boundaries
This past summer Nottingham interned at AbbVie, the global, research-based biopharmaceutical
company. During his internship Nottingham investigated the development of an accelerated
stability study protocol for solid drug dosage forms. He also received an ACS Division
of Organic Chemistry Travel Award to present research findings at the ACS national
meeting in August 2015.
Nottingham is also the recipient of Illinois Wesleyan's Student Leadership Distinguished
Service Award for Intellectual Leadership. With a GPA of 3.64, Nottingham has been
named to the Dean’s List and received the chemistry department’s James G. Theivagt
Scholarship for Research Involvement in Chemistry.
On campus he was an organic chemistry tutor and lab teaching assistant, a member of
Illinois Wesleyan’s ACS student affiliate chapter, a participant in Sheridan Elementary
School’s Lunch Buddies program, and a member of the cross country and track and field
teams. After graduation from IWU Nottingham will enter a Ph.D. program in organic