Congratulations to Noelle Catarineu and Brisa Hurlocker on winning prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. This award will provide three years of financial support for Noelle's and Brisa's graduate studies, including a $30,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance, international research and professional development opportunities, and TeraGrid Supercomputer access. NSF fellowships are given to support outstanding graduate students in all areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematical sciences.
Originally from Germantown, Maryland, Noelle is a graduating senior in the NYU Department of Chemistry. In addition to her coursework, she began undergraduate research in the Canary Lab in her freshman year, and continues to study redox-reconfigurable asymmetric catalysts this semester in between writing her honors thesis and attending interviews at top graduate programs. She has been very active in the undergraduate Draper Chemical Society where she has served as Secretary, Vice President, and President.
Brisa hails from Santa Fe, New Mexico and earned her bachelor's degree at Barnard College in New York City. She began her graduate studies at NYU Chemistry in 2011 and will continue her research in the Woerpel Lab, developing methods for the synthesis of organic peroxides.
NSF Graduate Fellowships are very competitive and it would be a source of pride for our department to earn one, much less two in one year. Kudos to Noelle and Brisa on their excellent work, and to their faculty mentors, Jim Canary and Keith Woerpel, respectively, who must be very pleased to see members of their groups recognized nationally.