May 28, 2020
Undergraduate researchers
Thanks to our generous donors, 28 undergraduate students will conduct research in our faculty labs this year as summer research fellows.
 
The summer research experience can be one of the most meaningful parts of an undergraduate education. It enables students to pursue science research rather than having to accept a summer job in an unrelated field and, for many students, their lab research experience is a real game-changer - many who thought they were headed to pharmacy, medical, or dental school, realize how exciting research is, and begin to consider research as a career.
 
Awardees will perform their research projects remotely initially. As the campus begins to re-open, students may have the opportunity to perform studies in-person. All awardees will be honored at a Departmental Awards Ceremony after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
 
Congratulations to the following summer fellowship recipients!
 
ARTHUR FURST SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
This annual award honors chemistry or biochemistry majors who have done outstanding laboratory research projects.
 
Fadi Alsarhan  Alexandra Bell  Eva Himel Rubin
Fadi Alsarhan - faculty mentor, Prof. Alexander Spokoyny 
Alexandra Bell - faculty mentor, Prof. Timothy Deming
Eva Himel Rubin - faculty mentor, Prof. Paula Diaconescu
 
THE DR. RAVI AND APARNA BIKKINA FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP  
This scholarship was established in 2017 by Ravi ’94 and Aparna Bikkina to support scholarships for chemistry and biochemistry students. 
 
Morgan Hopp
Morgan Hopp – faculty mentor, Prof. Alexander Spokoyny
 
BOYER SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
These fellowships were established in 2018 by Prof. Richard Cross (Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York) to honor of his former postdoctoral mentor Nobel Laureate Professor Paul D. Boyer.
 
Shannon Zhuang  Tanya Hadijian  Carolyn Hu
Shannon Zhuang - faculty mentor, Prof. Juli Feigon
Tanya Hadjian - faculty mentor, Prof. Juli Feigon
Carolyn Hu - faculty mentor, Prof. David Eisenberg
 
DANIEL KIVELSON SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
The family of UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry professor Dr. Daniel Kivelson (1929-2003) established these fellowships in his honor so that his legacy would live on and help educate young scientists.
 
Emily Dunn
Emily Dunn - faculty mentor, Prof. Daniel Neuhauser
 
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
These fellowships were established in 2019 with funds provided by the UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics to support undergraduate students conducting summer research at UCLA within the broad science missions of the U.S. Department of Energy and its Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program.
 
  Linwei Li  Anqi Zhou
Kaylie Bair - faculty mentor, Prof. Todd Yeates 
Linwei Li - faculty mentor, Prof. Keriann Backus
Anqi Zhou - faculty mentor, Prof. Robert Clubb
 
DOLORES C. SOUTHAM SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
This award is named in memory of Dolores Cannon Southam, who as a UCLA undergraduate student, worked for Professor Chris Foote. This award is given to students in recognition of their outstanding achievement in research.  
 
Azmain Hossain
Azmain Hossain - faculty mentor, Prof. Justin Caram
 
GEISSMAN SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
These fellowships were established to honor UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry professor Dr. Theodore (Ted) Geissman (1908-1978).  
 
Jason Wu  Kyle Yang  Kyle Bui
Jason Wu - faculty mentor, Prof. Ohyun Kwon
Kyle Bui - faculty mentor, Prof. Ellen Sletten
Kyle Yang - faculty mentor, Prof. Craig Merlic
 
LORRAINE AND MASUO TOJI SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
These fellowships were established in 2019 thanks to a $1 million gift from the estate of Lorraine and Masuo Toji.
 
Timothy Bondoc  Ovie Soman  Jongha Choi  Yanru (Cindy) Liu  William Sander
Timothy Bondoc - faculty mentor, Prof. Steve Clarke
Ovie Soman - faculty mentor, Prof. Alex Spokoyny
Jongha Choi - faculty mentor, Prof. Sarah Tolbert
Yanru (Cindy) Liu - faculty mentor, Prof. Guillaume Chanfreau
William Sander - faculty mentor, Prof. Albert Courey
 
RAYMOND AND DOROTHY WILSON SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
These fellowships were established by alumnus Raymond A. Wilson (’43) and his wife Dorothy as a tribute to the UCLA chemistry professors who, more than seventy years ago, had such a profound impact on Raymond when he was a bright young chemistry student.
 
Alana Rose Meyer  Jason Zhu  Brianna Mai  Lauren Tan
Alana Rose Meyer - faculty mentor, Prof. Miguel García-Garibay
Jason Zhu - faculty mentor, Prof. Richard Kaner
Brianna Mai - faculty mentor, Prof. Chong Liu
Lauren Tan - faculty mentor, Prof. Justin Caram
 
SUSAN ELIZABETH BAUMGARTEN SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Susan Baumgarten (B.S.' 73, M.S.' 76, M.B.A. '79) established this fellowship in 2019 to support chemistry and biochemistry undergraduate students. 
 
Emily Joyner
Emily Joyner - faculty mentor, Prof. William Gelbart
 
WHITCOME SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
This fellowship honors the late Dr. Philip Whitcome who received his Ph.D. in 1974 from UCLA and went on to a successful career in the biotechnology industry.
 
Emily Martinez
Emily Martinez - faculty mentor, Prof. Torres Jorge
 
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To contribute to the Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program or establish a new named fellowship, please contact Joy Kruger at 310-206-8023 or jkruger@support.ucla.edu. Your gift of any size will directly impact one of our world-class students and aspiring scientists! 
 
 
Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, penny@chem.ucla.edu.