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Several Rensselaer students recently have received recognition for their academic and research achievements. Graduate student Sapna Sarupria recently won an Excellence in Computing Research award from the American Chemical Society’s Chemical Computing Group. Sarupria is a graduate student working in Professor Shekhar Garde’s group within the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Her research focuses on the effects of hydrostatic pressure of biological systems, especially proteins, which is not only important for obtaining a fundamental understanding, but is also relevant to applications in biotechnology. She will be recognized in a ceremony at the ACS 2008 National Meeting in New Orleans, where she will also present her research at an awards symposium. As part of the award, Sarupria will receive $1,150 and a one-year license to a Molecular Operating Environment (MOE) software package valued at $43,000. Earlier this year, Sarupria also received the prestigious best poster award at the Gordon Research Conference on Physics and Chemistry of Liquids on her research on lengthscale dependence of hydrophobic interactions.

Computer Science students Patrick Marion ’08 and Anthony Waters ’08 have received honorable mentions in the Computing Research Association’s 2008 Outstanding Undergraduate competition. According to the association, “this year’s nominees were a very impressive group. It is quite an honor to be selected for Honorable Mention from this group.” A copy of the announcement as it appears in the January 2008 issue of Computing Research News is posted on CRA’s Web site at www.cra.org.

Genentech selected two Rensselaer juniors in Chemical and Biological Engineering for the “Genentech Outstanding Student Awards.” The students were selected based on their achievements at Rensselaer, an essay they wrote, and their performance in a phone interview. First prize was awarded to Zach Baer ’09, who will receive $2,500 and an opportunity to visit Genentech for three months in the summer. Second prize was awarded to James Dvornicky ’09, who will receive $2,500.

Alyssa Stewart, a senior in the biology department, received a scholarship through the Merck Engineering & Technology Fellowship Program. As a Merck Undergraduate Fellow, Stewart will receive a $5,000 tuition scholarship for the 2008-09 academic year and join a state-of-the-art Merck industrial laboratory as an intern this summer. During her internship she will work directly with Merck scientists in the lab on important biomedical research. The fellowship program supports the growth and development of young scientists and engineers, giving them the opportunity to work in high-tech laboratories with top researchers. Stewart will graduate this year and hopes to pursue a career in dentistry.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 2, Number 1, January 17, 2008
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