Ph.D. student participates in highly competitive Dow BEST symposium

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5th year graduate student Jesus Moreno was introduced to the industrial research career options for minority science students at the four-day event.

“Jesus is a superb student, so it is nice to see his countless research accomplishments being rewarded like this by Dow,” said his research advisor Prof. Neil Garg.

The 10th annual Building Engineering and Science Talent (BEST) Symposium, hosted by The Dow Chemical Company, was held in Midland, MI, August 29 through September 1, 2016. 

According to the symposium application the BEST symposium “introduces doctoral students and post-doctoral scientists from U.S. ethnic minority groups (Hispanic, African American or Native American) to the wide range of rewarding careers in industrial research particularly the many opportunities available with Dow, where we create innovation at the intersection of chemistry, biology and physics. This conference, developed jointly by Dow’s minority scientists and Ph.D. recruiting team, supports the company’s commitment to a diverse work force.”

Moreno has accomplished the chemical synthesis of several natural products that possess intricate chemical structures. His most recent paper titled “Enantioselective Total Syntheses of Akuammiline Alkaloids (+)-Strictamine, (−)-2(S)-Cathafoline, and (−)-Aspidophylline A” was published in the Journal of the American Chemistry Society (JACS) earlier this year. 

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The participants in the DOW BEST Symposium.  Jesus Moreno is the first person on the left in the second row.