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North Dakota State University Student Receives GRF Award

Friday Aug 13, 2010

NSF Fellowship Awarded to NDSU Graduate Researcher

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Anoklase Ayitou, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at North Dakota State University, Fargo, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

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Anoklase completed his second year as a graduate student at NDSU under the guidance of Professor Sivaguru Jayaraman, who is a National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient, as well as a recipient of the 2010 Swiss Chemical Society’s Grammaticakis-Neumann Prize.

Anoklase also received a UNCF-Merck Science initiative grant earlier this year, and is a Global Center of Excellence fellow at Osaka University, Osaka, Japan. “It is really a privilege to have a student of Anoklase’s caliber in my group,” commented Professor Sivaguru Jayaraman. Anoklase’s doctoral work involves the use of light to synthesize chiral molecules (molecules that are not superimposable on its mirror image). As a graduate student, Anoklase has published scientific papers in four peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Anoklase is the third graduate student at NDSU to receive a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

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