Chemistry and Biochemistry Researchers Win Goldwater Scholarships

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Juniors Mitchell Trafford and Devin Stranford were recently awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in recognition of their outstanding academic record and research achievement. The Goldwater Scholarship is a nationally competitive award that provides up to $7500 in financial support per annum for undergraduates in STEM fields that intend to pursue a career in research. This year, 283 Goldwater Scholarships were awarded nationwide from a field of more than 1000 candidates. Devin is a member of Dr. Robert Sheaff’s laboratory in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry where she is investigating novel inhibitors for luciferase. This research has the potential to advance stealth technology for Navy operations by disabling marine organisms that produce light when disturbed. Mitchell is a member of Dr. Justin Chalker’s laboratory in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry where he invented a new catalyst for a cross-coupling reaction used in the synthesis of pharmaceutical compounds. Mitchell recently published this research in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Devin and Mitchell's research was supported by both the Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CSURP) and the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC). A total of 59 students have won Goldwater Scholarships since 1989.