Bristol-Myers Squibb Grant in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

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Professor Hosea Nelson has been awarded the 2020 Bristol-Myers Squibb Unrestricted Grant in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.

The award for synthetic organic chemistry is bestowed annually by researchers at BMS, in consultation with leading organic chemists in academia. The award recognizes faculty in the early stages of their careers who have made a fundamental contribution to organic synthesis. The award carries $150K over its two-year span. As part of the award, Nelson will visit Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2020 to deliver the award lecture.

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Professor Hosea Nelson and his UCLA research group, including his dog Abi.

An assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Hosea Nelson received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from University of California at Berkeley in 2004 and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2013. After postdoctoral training at University of California at Berkeley, Nelson joined the UCLA faculty in 2015. He was awarded a 2018 Sloan Research Fellowship, and was an inaugural member of

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magazine’s Talented 12 in recognition for his achievements as a graduate student, postdoctoral scholar and assistant professor. In 2017, Nelson was among 18 outstanding young scientists in the United States to be awarded Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. To learn about his research, visit the Nelson group’s website.  

Bristol-Myers Squibb has instituted a unique program of unrestricted grants, graduate fellowships, and awards to fund and recognize excellence in academic research in synthetic organic chemistry. Started in 1998, the program has just celebrated its 20th year of providing two types of awards, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Unrestricted Grants in Synthetic Organic Chemistry and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship Program in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, which provides research funding for promising senior graduate students. Through this awards program, Bristol-Myers Squibb has formed a partnership with the academic community to ensure that synthetic organic chemistry research remains vibrant and productive as synthetic organic chemistry is the training ground for both the medicinal and process chemists who play a pivotal role in the discovery and development of new pharmaceutical agents.

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,