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BASF Empowers Graduate Chemistry Students

Left: Saeed Alerasool, Robert Ianniello, John Brennan, Peter Walther, Nicholas Lease, Dustin Hollobaugh, Mikhail Rodkin, Alan S. Goldman;
Right: Nicholas Lease presents research at BASF

BASF Empowers Graduate Chemistry Students

BASF Corporation Catalysts Division

Recipient: Nicholas Lease, Ph.D. candidate in chemistry and chemical biology, School of Arts and Sciences

Gift: $30,000 to establish a fellowship covering a graduate student’s tuition and related expenses for one year

What it supports: Third- or fourth-year graduate students with a minimum grade point average of 3.5; diverse classroom and work experience; leadership capabilities; and an interest in catalysis, materials science, or surface science

Why it matters: Support for graduate fellowships is difficult to obtain but crucial in helping to drive important research. This gift is also a strong model of a public-private partnership that benefits students and helps corporations identify young talent. 
Lease’s research is focused on catalysis, or the acceleration of a chemical reaction due to the participation of another additional substance. “Developing a catalyst could help produce potentially life-saving medicine quicker, cheaper, and easier,” says Lease.

Peter Walther, BASF senior vice president, heterogeneous catalysis research, says, “The fellowship reflects our strong commitment to support education at Rutgers University with a focus on a high-performing individual who exhibits diversity, experience, leadership, special skills, and talent.” 

Published September 2016

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