Christopher Fritschi

Christopher Fritschi, a junior chemistry major at Niagara University, has been selected to receive a summer undergraduate research fellowship from the Organic Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society.

Only nine students from across the country were chosen.

Fritschi, of West Seneca, will leverage the fellowship to continue his work on the synthesis of caramboxin, an amino acid found in star fruit, for medicinal chemistry applications.

In April, Fritschi’s presentation on the topic earned the award for Best Oral Presentation at the Western New York American Chemical Society’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The $5,000 fellowship is granted to outstanding undergraduate organic chemistry students attending colleges and universities in the United States. These competitive fellowships are awarded on the merits of students’ research proposals, academic records, faculty recommendations, and their passion for laboratory science. They provide support for undergraduates to carry out independent research at their respective colleges/universities in the summer between their junior and senior year under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

In addition, the program provides financial support to enable recipients to visit an industrial campus in the fall for a dinner, award session, scientific talks, a tour of the campus and a poster session, where the results of the summer research investigations are presented.

Founded in 1876, the American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe. The ACS Organic Chemistry Division was officially established in 1910.

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