UCLA Professor of Chemistry Neil Garg has won the NYU Distinguished Alumni Award for 2019! Neil earned his bachelor's degree from the NYU Department of Chemistry in 2000, getting his research start under the direction of Professor Marc Walters. The 2019 Distinguished Alumni were honored on April 5th at a luncheon in Gotham Hall.
Brief Bio: Neil Garg received a B.S. in Chemistry from New York University where he did undergraduate research with Professor Marc Walters. During his undergraduate years, he spent several months in Strasbourg, France while conducting research with Professor Mir Wais Hosseini at Université Louis Pasteur as an NSF REU Fellow. Garg obtained his PhD in 2005 from the California Institute of Technology under the direction of Professor Brian Stoltz. He then joined Professor Larry Overman's research laboratory at the University of California, Irvine as an NIH Postdoctoral Scholar. In 2007, Garg joined the faculty at UCLA, was appointed Vice Chair of Education in 2012, and was promoted to full Professor in 2013. He has won numerous prestigious awards and honors, including the ACS Cope Scholar Award. He has shown his devotion to education with remarkable creativity outside the classroom by engaging in various projects like a Ted Talk about overcoming the fear of organic chemistry and an organic chemistry coloring book for all ages.