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Oct. 22, 2020

Seth Klaine Received the 2020 McNally Fellowship

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Congratulations to Seth Klaine who has recently been awarded the 2020 McNally Fellowship, the highest honor for WKU Chemistry graduate students. Seth received a B.S. from WKU with a double major in Chemistry and Biology. Currently, he is the second-year graduate student and working in Professor Rui Zhang’s laboratory. Since 2018, Seth has been engaging in the project titled “Photochemical generation and kinetic studies of high-valent metal-oxo intermediatesthat is funded by the National Science Foundation. Seth has shown a great potential to conduct cutting-edge research and made significant progress in the project despite the COVID-19 disruption. In the past year, his research has already led to 3 peer-reviewed publications, in two of which he is the first author. Meanwhile, he has actively presented his research in regional and local conferences, receiving two awards.  In addition, he is the recipient of two internal grants (FUSE and GSRG) with a total of $ 7,500. Upon graduation in 2021, Seth will pursue his Ph.D. studies in medicinal chemistry fields.

News: WKU Chemistry receives NSF Grant for new NMR instrument

New NMR 

Led by Dr. Kevin Williams as the PI with his colleagues, WKU Chemistry has recently received a National Science Foundation grant that will fund a new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer featured with autosampler to be installed early 2020. For Dr. Williams and his fellow WKU chemists, the grant couldn’t have come at a better time. The current NMR spectrometer is nearing 16 years in use with a typical operating time of 20 to 30 hours per week.


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WKU Chemistry empowers students of all backgrounds to think critically about the molecular sciences and promotes a vibrant regional economy through training, public service, and industrial collaboration. We ignite a spirit of life-long learning through engaged classroom and laboratory instruction, hands-on experience in nationally-recognized research, and direct mentoring by faculty. This enables our students to define their own career path and to make an impact both locally and globally.




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