Science Students Earn Walsh Fellowships for Summer Research

April 15, 2019

Eleven students – among the many who will be conducting faculty-led or independent research this summer – will have their 10-week on-campus experiences funded through the Walsh Student Research Fellowship Program. The Walsh Student Research Fellowships were created by Robert H. Walsh ’39 & ’66Hon., one of the College’s leading benefactors, who died in 2011.

Mr. Walsh, who majored in business and chemistry at PC, worked at the DuPont Chemical Corp. for 40 years. He was a Platinum Torchbearer (for gifts of $1 million and above) in PC’s 1917 Society. His bequest established the Robert H. Walsh Scholarship Fund and the Robert H. Walsh ’39 Academic Fund.

Walsh Fellow applicants must be chemistry, biochemistry, or biology majors, or work with professors in those fields. To be selected for the competitive fellowship, ​applicants must submit a project proposal and a recommendation from the faculty mentor who would oversee the research to the Walsh Academic Fund Committee. Each fellowship supports student research with a $4,000 stipend for the student, $1,000 for supplies, and a $1,000 stipend for a faculty mentor. Students also receive preferred on-campus housing rates.

This year’s Walsh Fellows, their academic majors, projects, and faculty mentors are:

  • Colby Agostino ’22, Biochemistry, “Isolation and DNA sequencing of bacteriophage specific to Mycobacterium smegmatis mc2 155,” Dr. Kathleen Cornely
  • Alexandra Chaparro ’22, Biochemistry, “The influence of Redox Active Ligands on Substrate Selectivity of Iron Carbonyl Complexes in Electrocatalytic Reactions,” Dr. Maria Carroll
  • Ethan Dionne ’22, Biochemistry, “Isolation and DNA sequencing of bacteriophage specific to Mycobacterium smegmatis mc2 155,” Dr. Kathleen Cornely
  • Lauren Flynn ’21, Biology/Mathematics, “Dog designing and evolution: the good, the bad and the genomics,” Dr. Elisabeth Arevalo
  • Katelyn Hino ’21, Biochemistry, “Genome Rearrangements and Stress Responses in Shewanella Oneidensis,” Dr. Brett Pellock/Dr. Cara Pina
  • Sara Lancellota ’22, Chemistry, “The Influence of Solvent on the Reactivity of Iron Pentacarbonyl,” Dr. Christopher Laperle
  • Robert Lesch ’20, Biochemistry, “Synthesis of Substituted x-Carbolines via Cyanamide Precursor,” Dr. Seann Mulcahy
  • Sidney MacKinnon ’21, Biology, “The Effects of IDH Mutations on Metabolism in glial cells,” Dr. Marla Tipping
  • Aura Rexach ’20, Biology, “Optimizing Nanowire Formation in Shewanella,” Dr. Brett Pellock/Dr. Cara Pina
  • Olivia Schmitt ’22, Biochemistry, “Isolation and DNA sequencing of bacteriophage specific to Mycobacterium smegmatis mc2 155,” Dr. Kathleen Cornely
  • Claire Stover ’21, Biology, “The Influence of Solvent on the Structure and Reactivity of Iron Pentacarbonyl,” Dr. Christopher Laperle

Congratulations to these terrific students!