Chemistry duo honored for student-faculty research

RS44421_AXE photoshoot18Alec Follmer ’14 and Dr. Jianhua Ren have been selected as recipients of the 2014 Hoefer Prize for Student-Faculty Research.

Follmer, who graduated from Pacific in May of 2014 with a degree in Biochemistry, has been collaborating on research with Dr. Ren since his sophomore year. During their work together, Dr. Ren advised Follmer on research topics related to the computational studies of the gas-phase acidity and basicity of organic molecules, among others. This fall, Follmer will pursue his PhD at UC Irvine.

Your work best exemplified the spirit of the Hoefer Award, which celebrates and rewards an outstanding working relationship and productivity of a joint student­-faculty research project,” said Dr.Bhaskara R. Jasti, Associate Provos for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies in the award notification. “The award seeks to highlight the preeminence of teaching and learning at Pacific, and the complementary role that research can and should play in this enterprise.”

The Hoefer Prize comes with a $5,000 stipend; according to Dr. Ren, the funds will be evenly split, with $2500 supporting three summer research students, and the remainder will purchase research supplies.

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