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Chemistry Professor Receives National Research Award

Chris MarvinDr. Christopher Marvin

CONWAY, Ark. (July 10, 2012) – Hendrix College chemistry professor Dr. Christopher Marvin was one of only 40 early career scientists recently awarded a 2012 Cottrell College Science Award for single-investigator research.

The award, given by Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA), will support Marvin's research titled "Visible Light Photocatalytic Oxidation of Amines to Iminium Ions: Amine Scope and Mannich Cyclizations with Allyl and Vinyl Silanes."

"I'm honored to be part of the tradition of RCSA supported research at Hendrix," Marvin said. "We are studying oxidation reactions, which are important processes for making pharmaceuticals and drug-like compounds.

"The reactions we're studying use light energy and air, two abundant resources, to do oxidations in a way that's less wasteful than traditional methods," he said. "This is an exciting award that will support my undergraduate co-workers and our study of this chemistry."

Marvin joined the Hendrix faculty in 2010. He is an alumnus of Ball State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

According to RCSA, the Cottrell College Science Awards (CCSA) provide crucial recognition and funding to primarily undergraduate institutions, which play an outsized role in graduating students who go on to earn doctoral degrees, and to the faculty at these institutions as they work to establish their own labs. The awards support significant research that contributes to the advancement of science and to the professional and scholarly development of faculty and their students.

Eligible faculty must be within the first three years of a first tenure-track appointment and within 12 years of receiving a doctoral degree. Undergraduate students must be involved in all aspects of the research projects. RCSA Program Director Silvia Ronco said that 50 percent of the students of faculty who receive CCSA awards proceed to graduate school.

Read the official release here.

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