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Fabian Eberle
Fabian Eberle was chosen as one of only 100 chemistry graduate students worldwide to attend the BASF International Summer Course at the site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, September 3-9, 2017.
Ryan Mendizabal
Ryan Mendizabal was awarded a TURC fellowship for participating in the REU program at TAMU over the Summer 2017.
Joseph Baker
Joseph H. Baker was awarded the First Place poster prize of $500 at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) International Polyolefins Conference in Houston on February 28, 2017.

 

Joseph Baker
Joseph H. Baker is a 2017 Polymer Modifiers and Additives Division (PMAD) Scholarship recipient. He will be recognized for this award at the 2017 Polyolefins Conference in February.
Fabian Eberle
Fabian Eberle was awarded a Heep Fellowship from the Texas A&M Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS). Fabian will use the fellowship for collaborating with the TIAS Fellow Dr. Christopher Cummins (MIT) from January to December 2017.

Eric Steffensmeier with thesis committee
Eric Steffensmeier after the successful defense of his thesis "Tetraphosphines with Tetraphenylelement Cores as Linkers in Catalysis and Surface Supported Synthesis", with his committee members Abraham Clearfield, James Batteas, Tatyana Igumenova, and advisor Janet Bluemel. Eric will start postdoctoral work with Dr. Ken Nicholas at the University of Oklahoma in October 2016.

Joseph Baker
Joseph H. Baker was the Fall 2016 recipient of the A. E. Martell Travel Award. This award is to assist graduate students with their travel expenses related to scientific meetings. Joseph received $500 for giving two oral presentations at the 252nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in August 2016.
Joseph Baker
Joseph H. Baker was awarded the Second Place Poster Prize of $300 at the Polymer Technology Industrial Consortium (PTIC) Meeting on April 8, 2016.
Grace Ahn
Shin-Hye (Grace) Ahn is the recipient of the Spring 2016 Kaneka Graduate Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. She will be recognized for this award at the Polymer Technology Industrial Consortium (PTIC) Meeting on April 8, 2016.
Kyle's thesis defense Kyle Cluff after his successful thesis defense with his committee members Joseph Ross, Marcetta Darensbourg, Emile Schweikert, and advisor Janet Bluemel. He will start a postdoctoral position at Los Alamos National Labs in April 2016.
Rita's thesis defense Rita Silbernagel with members of the group after her successful thesis defense in March 2016. She will start her new job with BASF in July.
Sugam Kharel

Sugam Kharel will receive a Graduate Student Presentation Grant funded by the Association of Former Students and the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies in the amount of $500 for his travel to the ACS Spring 2016 National Meeting in San Diego, CA. He will be giving an oral presentation at this conference.

Grace Ahn
Shin-Hye (Grace) Ahn received the Spring 2016 Phi Lambda Upsilon (PLU) travel award in the amount of $500. PLU is the honors society for chemistry graduate students. Grace will use this award to give an oral presentation about the results from her recent Angewandte paper at the 2016 ACS meeting in San Diego.
Shin-Hye (Grace) Ahn
Shin-Hye (Grace) Ahn won the Third Place Poster Prize of $300 at the Polymer Technology Industrial Consortium (PTIC) meeting held October 23, 2015 at Texas A&M.
Joseph Baker
Joseph H. Baker was selected to receive the SPE-Henry Kahn Scholarship of $1,000. He was recognized for this award at the Polymer Technology Industrial Consortium meeting on October 23, 2015 along with other scholarship prize winners who are pictured in this photo with Dr. Hung-Jue Sue, PTC Director (far right), and Dr. David Hansen, SPE Liaison (far left).
Kyle J. Cluff
Kyle J. Cluff is awarded the third place for his oral presentation at the BASF-TAMU Graduate Student Symposium on Excellence in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Polymer Research on August 13, 2015.
Kyle Cluff
Kyle J. Cluff has been chosen to give his oral presentation: "Unexpected Dynamic Properties of Molecules Adsorbed on High Surface Area Materials" at the BASF-TAMU Graduate Student Symposium on August 13, 2015.
Rita Silbernagel's winning poster
Rita Silbernagel won a poster prize for her presentation "Wilkinson-Type Hydrogenation Catalysts Immobilized on Zirconium Phosphate (ZrP) Nanoplatelets" at the Dow Chemical Graduate Symposium, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, May 28, 2015.
Rita Silbernagel

Rita Silbernagel has been selected nationwide as one of the participants of the 2015 BASF Research Forum, which will take place in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, from June 3-5, 2015. Rita will present a poster describing her research. She will also have the opportunity to meet with scientists and managers at BASF's main research facility.

Joseph Baker
Joseph Baker won the First Place Poster Prize of $500 at the Polymer Technology Industrial Consortium (PTIC) meeting held April 10, 2015 at Texas A&M.
Kevin Dong
Kevin Dong was selected to receive the Undergraduate Kaneka Scholarship, which was awarded to him at the Polymer Technology Industrial Consortium (PTIC) meeting on April 10, 2015.
Shin-Hye (Grace) Ahn
Shin-Hye (Grace) Ahn received the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) scholarship in the amount of $1,000 in spring 2015. This award is given to students who display excellence both academically and in their respective research fields. Grace will be recognized as a SPE Scholarship Recipient at the International Polyolefins Conference to be held in February 2016.
Sugam Kharel
Sugam Kharel is a Spring 2015 recipient of the Eastman Travel Award. This award is to assist graduate students with their travel expenses related to scientific meetings. Sugam will receive $400 to use towards giving an oral presentation at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in March.
Eric Steffensmeier
Eric Steffensmeier is a Spring 2015 recipient of the Eastman Travel Award. This award is to assist graduate students with their travel expenses related to scientific meetings. Eric will receive $400 to use towards giving an oral presentation at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in March.
Jacqueline Pope
Jacqueline Pope gave her Final Thesis Defense: Multinuclear Solid-State NMR Studies of Polymers and Immobilized Sonogashira Catalysts for Cross-Coupling Reactions on August 8, 2014. She has accepted a position in the PhD Professional Development Program at BASF.
Kyle J. Cluff

Kyle J. Cluff has been selected nationwide as one of the participants of the
2014 BASF Research Forum in Iselin, NJ, from September 25-27, where he will present a poster describing his research.

Kyle J. Cluff
Kyle J. Cluff has been awarded the cover page of Organometallics after obtaining three excellent reviews on his full paper about metallocene adsorption on silica.
Jacqueline Pope
Jacqueline Pope is the 2014 recipient of the Montgomery Graduate Endowed Fellowship. This prestigious university award is given to student leaders who make major contributions to the academic opportunities and quality of life of their fellow graduate students at Texas A&M University. Whether it is through demonstrated leadership in international students groups or service organizations, students must show their dedication to serving Aggie graduate students in addition to excellent academics and scholarship. Jacqueline will be honored at the Graduate Student Council (GSC) Banquet on April 28.
Kyle Cluff
Kyle J. Cluff won the Second Place Poster Prize for his poster titled "The Adsorption of Metallocenes on Silica" at the Polymer Technology Industrial Consortium (PTIC) Meeting, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, April 11, 2014.
Jacqueline Pope
Jacqueline Pope received the 2014 Kaneka Senior Graduate Student Scholarship, which is awarded to students who display excellence both academically and in their respective research fields.
Kyle Cluff
Kyle J. Cluff received the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) scholarship in the amount of $1,000 on March 25, 2014. This award is given to students who display excellence both academically and in their respective research fields. Kyle will be recognized as a SPE Scholarship Recipient at the International Polyolefins Conference to be held in February 2015.
Rita Silbernagel
Rita Silbernagel won the First Place Poster Prize at the Polymer Technology Industrial Consortium (PTIC) Meeting, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, April 11, 2014.
Kyle Cluff
Kyle J. Cluff received a Spring 2014 "Department of Chemistry Professional Development Travel Grant”, which he used for giving an oral presentation at the ACS Meeting in Dallas.
Jacqueline Pope

 

Jacqueline Pope received a Spring 2014 “Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference” travel grant, which she used for giving an oral presentation at the ANTEC Meeting in Las Vegas.

Kyle Cluff Poster Award

Kyle J. Cluff won the second prize with his poster "Nickel Tripod Complexes: Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalysis" at the Polymer Technology Industrial Consortium (PTIC) Meeting of the Polymer Technology Center (PTC) held at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas on Oct. 24, 2013.

Casie Hilliard
Casie Hilliard gave her Final Thesis Defense: Diphosphine Dioxide Cages and Hydrogen Peroxide Adducts of Phosphine Oxides: Syntheses and Applications in Surface Science on September 30, 2013. She has accepted a position at The DOW Chemical Company.
Jacqueline Pope
Jacqueline Pope was one of 10 finalists selected out of 53 applicants to give an oral presentation at the BASF-TAMU Graduate Student Symposium on Excellence in Chemical Research on August 1, 2013. The finalists were selected by a committee consisting of BASF and TAMU judges, and each was awarded a $500 prize.
Jacqueline Pope

Jacqueline Pope was chosen as one of only 100 chemistry graduate students from all over the world to attend BASF's 126th International Summer Course at their site in Ludwigshafen, Germany on August 20-29, 2013.

Casie Hilliard
Casie Hilliard won the Sharon Dabney Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Beta-Beta Chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon to outstanding graduate students in the field of chemistry, biochemistry and chemical engineering. Casie will receive the award at a formal ceremony on May 1.  
Elizabeth White
Elizabeth White received the Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship for the research she did as a REU student in the Bluemel lab. This scholarship is awarded by the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.
Jacqueline Pope
SPE Student Chapter at TAMU

The Texas A&M Student Chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has won the 2013 SPE Outstanding Student Chapter National Award under the leadership of its present president Jacqueline Pope.
See more at: http://www.science.tamu.edu/articles/1058

Jacqueline Pope
Jacqueline Pope received the Summer/Fall 2013 Eastman Chemicals travel award in the amount of $500. This award is to assist graduate students with their travel expenses related to scientific meetings.
Casie Hilliard
Casie Hilliard received the Fall 2013 Phi Lambda Upsilon (PLU) travel award in the amount of $500. PLU is the honors society for chemistry graduate students. This award is granted to active members each semester in recognition for their service to the organization so that they may present scientific research at local, national or international conferences. 
Casie Hilliard
Casie Hilliard was selected as the College of Science recipient of a George Bush Presidential Library Foundation Grant. The award, received in January 2013, supports travel to conferences, research projects, or internships in the US and abroad.
Johannes Guenther
Johannes Guenther gave his Final Thesis Defense: Tridentate Phosphine Linkers for Immobilized Catalysts and Solid-State NMR Studies of Polymers on July 16, 2012. He is now pursuing postdoctoral studies in the Laboratoire Hétérochimie Fondamentale et Appliquée LHFA at the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.
PTIC 3rd Place Poster Prize
Casie Hilliard was awarded the Third Place Poster Prize in April 2012 by the Polymer Technology Industrial Consortium (PTIC).
Casie Hilliard
Casie Hilliard is the recipient of a $1,000 award from the Association of Former Students Scholarship committee. The award, received in August 2011, was given based on her academic performance as well as her leadership qualities.
Johannes Guenther
Johannes Guenther is the recipient of the Phi Lambda Upsilon (PLU) travel award for the 2011 Summer semester.  The PLU travel award, in the amount of $500, is granted to active members each semester and recognizes those for their service to the organization so that they may present scientific research at local, national or international conferences. 
Casie Hilliard

Casie Hilliard won a $1,000 J. Malon Southerland Aggie Leader Scholarship from Texas A&M. This award is based on her leadership and campus involvement. She will use this money to purchase a new work computer.

Jennifer Belcik
Jennifer Belcik receives a certificate for completing 43 hours of coursework in the Texas A&M Professional Development Program (PDP).
Johannes Guenther
Johannes Guenther received a Martin Corera Travel Award for Summer/Fall 2011 in the amount of $350.00 to be used to travel to the EUROMAR 2011 Conference in Germany. He also received 500 € from EUROMAR to be used to attend this conference.
Casie Hilliard
Casie Hilliard received an A. E. Martell Travel Award for Summer/Fall 2011 in the amount of $350.00 to be used to travel to the EUROMAR 2011 Conference in Germany. She also received 500 € from EUROMAR to be used to attend this conference.
Johannes Guenther
Johannes Guenther received the 2011 Richard W. Schmude, Jr. Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry, in the amount of $1,650. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding graduate students in Chemistry.
Jacqueline Pope
Jacqueline Pope received the 2011 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, for her research: Immobilized Sonogashira Catalyst Systems for C-C Coupling Reactions: New Mechanistic Insights and Improved Recyclability.
Jacqueline Pope
Jacqueline Pope received the Spring 2010 Excellence in General Chemistry Teaching Award for First-Year Program Graduate Teaching Assistants. This award was given to eight First-Year Program graduate students who exhibited outstanding performance as teaching assistants.
Casie Hilliard
Casie Hilliard was awarded the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Student Travel Award for $800. This money will be used to fund her trip to the Spring ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, California, which will be held on March 21-25, 2010.
Casie Hilliard
Casie Hilliard was awarded the 2010 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, for her research: Diphosphine Cage Molecules for Homogeneous and Immobilized Catalysts and for Investigating Surface Adsorption Phenomena.
Melanie Perera
Melanie Perera, Casie Hilliard and Johannes Guenther were awarded the Graduate Student Research and Presentation 2010 Travel Grant from the Association of Former Students and the Office of Graduate Studies, in the amount of $400.00 each. This money will be used to fund their trip to the Spring ACS National Meeting: Chemistry for a Sustainable World, which will be held in San Francisco, California on March 21-25, 2010.
Johannes Guenther
Johannes Guenther was awarded the 2009-10 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Henry Kahn Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, for his research: Immobilized Tridendate Phosphine Ligands on SiO2: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications in Polymerization Reactions.
Bjoern Beele
Bjoern Beele completed his doctoral research in the Bluemel Group in July 2009, and defended his dissertation in Heidelberg, Germany. After conducting postdoctoral research in the Gladysz Group at Texas A&M University, he became an Assistant Professor for the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) in Germany.
Michaela Stach
Michaela Stach was awarded the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Fellowship by the German Academic Exchange Agency on May 25, 2009. This fellowship covered her expenses while she completed her diploma thesis in the Bluemel Group, which was done in cooperation with Professor Hashmi of Heidelberg University.
Casie Hilliard
Casie Hilliard was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship on May 19, 2009. The NSF GRF Program will completely fund her for three years while she continues her research in surface-immobilized catalysts.