Chemistry and Biochemistry Students Win at Capitol

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Greg Jones (Junior, Chemistry) and Rebekah Moorman (Sophomore, Biochemistry) represented The University of Tulsa at the 2014 Oklahoma EPSCoR Research Day at the Capitol. This event is designed to showcase Oklahoma undergraduate research and inform the state legislature and community about recent discoveries around the state. More than 20 colleges and universities were represented at this NSF sponsored event. Greg and Rebekah were both recognized for their outstanding poster presentations: Greg was awarded first place and a cash prize of $500 and Rebekah was awarded third place and a cash prize of $250. Both Greg and Rebekah carried out their research with Dr. Justin Chalker in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Greg is investigating novel inhibitors for cysteine proteases that are therapeutic leads for the treatment of several cancers. Rebekah is studying mechanistic aspects of the azide-alkyne cycloaddition, as well as chemical education. More on the EPSCoR Research Day at the Capitol can be found here.