We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Tarrant Summer Graduate Research Fellowship. The endowment honors Prof. Paul Tarrant, a member of our department from 1946 to 1981, and this award promotes outstanding research for graduate students working in the division of Organic Chemistry.
This year’s recipients are Alec Esper, Cory Kornman, Angie Korpusik, and Michael Mannchen.
Alec, who received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the College of Charleston, is a member of Prof. Adam S. Veige’s research group and is working on how triaanionic pincer-supported W(VI) alkylidene catalysts produce cyclic polyacetylenes as well as studying these resulting polymers.
Cory, who received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from The University of West Florida, is a member of Prof. Ronald K. Castellano’s research group and is working on the synthesis and photoisomerization of p-conjugated oligomers functionalized with electron deficient units containing dicyano groups for organic photovoltaic devices.
Angie, who received her M.S. degree in materials science and engineering from UC Berkeley, is a member of Prof. Brent Sumerlin’s research group and is working on self-catalyzed polymerization-induced self-assembly to synthesize nanoparticles for photodynamic therapy.
Michael, who received his B.S. in professional chemistry from the University of Evansville, is a member of Prof. Alexander Grenning’s research group and is working on tandem asymmetric allylic alkylation/Cope rearrangement sequences accessing polysubstituted saturated heterocycles.