Jun 27, 2022
students conducting research
Thanks to our generous donors, 35 undergraduate students will conduct research in our faculty labs this year as summer research fellows.
 
The 2022 Chemistry & Biochemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships were presented to our students at our annual departmental awards ceremony on May 13, 2022. Congratulations to all the recipients listed below!
 
One of the unique benefits of attending UCLA as an undergraduate is the opportunity to participate in meaningful research guided by eminent faculty. This is also an essential step along the path to graduate school and beyond. However, research opportunities are often limited by the availability of funds to support the hourly cost of an undergraduate intern. These fellowships make it possible for budding scientists to gain invaluable research experience and pursue their dreams. 
 
We are incredibly grateful to our donors whose generous gifts make these fellowships possible.
 
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. 
 
Lauren Tan (Caram group)
 
 
DR. RAVI AND APARNA BIKKINA FAMILY SCHOLARSHIPS
These scholarships were established in 2017 by Ravi ’94 and Aparna Bikkina to support scholarships for chemistry and biochemistry students.
 
Audrey Nashner (Andrews group) and Akash Jain (C. Clarke group)
 
 
ROBERT E. BISKOWSKI CHEMISTRY SCHOLARSHIPS
Established in 2019 by the Estate of Geraldine Biskowski, these awards are presented annually to 3.5 GPA undergraduates majoring in chemistry.  
 
Jason Zhu (Kaner group) and Aimee Liang (Spokoyny group)
 
 
PAUL BOYER AND RICHARD CROSS 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.
 
Ashley Holtz (S. Clarke group), Scott Hale (Clubb group), Michelle Ai (Chanfreau group), and Nika Gladkov (Yeates group)
 
 
DOLORES CANNON SOUTHAM SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
These awards are named in memory of Dolores Cannon Southam, who as a UCLA undergraduate student, worked for Professor Chris Foote. These awards are given to students in recognition of their outstanding achievement in research.  
 
Varun Gupta (Garcia-Garibay group) and Anastasia Lubarsky (Spokoyny group)
 
 
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY 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.
 
Jeff Qu (Rodriguez group) and Mabel Song (Clubb group)
 
 
ARTHUR FURST SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
This annual award honors chemistry or biochemistry majors who have done outstanding laboratory research projects. 
 
Ryan Lamkin (Tolbert group)
 
 
DANIEL KIVELSON UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
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.
 
Tom Hong (Alexandrova group), Natallie Kochumian (S. Weiss group), Abigail Chapman (Gelbart group), and Edison Cummings (Alexandrova group)
 
 
RAMSEY SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS
This fellowship is named in honor of Professor Emeritus James Blaine Ramsey (1892-1965) and is awarded to outstanding undergraduate students in the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.
 
Russell Nakasone (Bouchard group), Elise Tran (Alexandrova group), Rachel Ma (P. Weiss group), and Lauren Vuong (P. Weiss group)
 
 
LORRAINE H. AND MASUO TOJI SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
These fellowships were established in 2019 thanks to a $1 million gift from the estate of Lorraine and Masuo Toji.
 
Michael Rebelo (Spokoyny group), Jacob Newman (Harran group), Victoria Zheng (C. Clarke group), Eric Lin (Kwon group), Andrew Rodriguez (Kaner group), and Kimberly Vasquez (Diaconescu group)
 
 
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.
 
Ovie Soman (Spokoyny group), John Cao (Caram group), and Mason Cooper (Diaconescu group)
 
 
WEILLER FAMILY RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP
Bruce and Shari Weiller and their family endowed this scholarship to support outstanding undergraduate students majoring in chemistry, especially those considering graduate school in the physical sciences.
 
Dr. Bruce Weiller and Riley Danna (Kaner group) 
 
 
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.
 
Cameron Flowers (S. Clarke group) and Sarah Gorbatov (C. Clarke group)
 
 
To contribute to the Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program or establish a new named fellowship, please contact Alex Hood, Associate Director of Development, Physical Sciences, at ahood@support.ucla.edu or (310) 486-6956. 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.