Occidental Science Scholars Receive Research Grants
Four Occidental students collaborating with faculty in the fields of chemistry, biology, and biochemistry have been named 2009 Science Scholars and presented with grants funded by the Norris and Fletcher Jones foundations to support their research.
Juniors Elisabeth Rutledge, Michael Ingram, Erik King, and Dina Abdel-Massih are Occidental’s 2009-10 Science Scholars. Selected by Occidental faculty and alumni, they will receive generous funds and stipends, allowing them to complete ongoing research projects in their chosen fields.
Rutledge, a biology major, and Ingram, a biochemistry major, are the Norris Science Scholars. Rutledge is working with Tetsuo Otsuki, Orr Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, on the reactivity of various thiols with 1, 4-naphthoquinone. Ingram will work with Biology Professor Roberta Pollock on immune response of horses to Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis.
Rutledge is from Santa Clara and plans to pursue a Ph.D. Ingram, a Sacramento native, intends to enter medical school upon graduation. Funded by the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation of Long Beach, the Norris Science Scholar Award is presented annually to two Occidental students.
The Fletcher Jones Science Scholars Award was given to King, a biochemistry major, and Adbel-Massih, a biology major. King will work with Joseph Schulz, assistant professor of biology, on a c4a neuroexcitatory peptide project. Like Ingram, Abdel-Massih will work on immune response to C. pseudotuberculosis with Pollock.
King is from Canyon Country and plans to pursue a career in medicine. Abdel-Massih, from Temple City, also plans to enroll in medical school.
The Fletcher Jones Science Scholars Award is funded by an endowment created by a gift from the Fletcher Jones Foundation of Los Angeles and is awarded annually.