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Chemistry Faculty, Ming Chen, Discusses Beckman Young Investigators Interview and Presentation

Published: 10/15/2018

By: Maria Gebhardt

Dr. Ming Chen, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, participated in a highly competitive process for the Beckman Young Investigators Award Program.

“It was a privilege to present in Irvine, California, to a distinguished committee for this prestigious program,” said Dr. Chen. “The overall experience gave me the opportunity to broaden my horizons and make new connections for future research.”

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation supports young researchers, Beckman Fellows, with grants for high-risk, high-reward research.  Dr. Ming Chen submitted a proposal on harnessing the noncovalent interaction for asymmetric catalysis.  “Being part of the final selection process as a nominee for this award was a very humbling experience,” explained Dr. Chen.

“Even though Dr. Chen was ultimately not chosen for the award, I am extremely proud that he was selected as one of the finalists for this prestigious award program from a large pool of outstanding scientists and researchers,” explained Dr. Curtis Shannon, Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.  

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