Oxford bound

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Senior chemistry major Anne Kornahrens, pictured above in a Merkert Chemistry Center laboratory, has won the Skaggs-Oxford Scholarship, providing for joint Ph.D./D.Phil. studies at the University of Oxford and the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. The scholarship is a five-year award offered to at most two students annually. Kornahrens is the University’s first-ever Skaggs-Oxford scholar. She received a Goldwater Scholarship (given to promising undergraduates in mathematics, engineering, or the sciences) as a junior. Earlier this year she earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship with a proposal to explore anti-bacterial properties of the organic molecule carolacton. The Skaggs-Oxford Scholarship is intended for students “whose research will help to develop drugs and treatments to alleviate human suffering.”

A Presidential Scholar at Boston College who grew up in Florida and Minnesota, Kornahrens is a four-year member of the Liturgy Arts Group and a volunteer at the Campus School and the Italian Home for Children, in Boston. She will begin her graduate studies in organic chemistry with two years at Oxford, then spend three years at Scripps’s Kellogg School of Science and Technology.

This feature was posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 and is filed under Featured Photo.

Photograph by Caitlin Cunningham