Graduate Student Earns National Honor for Chemistry Research

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Eastern Kentucky University graduate student Jennifer Naumovitz, of Lebanon, N.J., has received a 2015 Kokes Award sponsored by the North American Catalysis Society.

“This is a very competitive award with almost 200 excellent applications submitted for approximately 100 awards granted,” according to a letter from Dr. Robert Rioux and Dr. Sittichai Natesakhawat, Kokes Award co-chairs.

Naumovitz was honored for her work as first author of the research paper, “Deterium enrichment and the kinetic isotope effect during ruthenium catalyzed Fischer Tropsch Synthesis. She was assisted by fellow graduate student Yunxin Liao, who won the Kokes Award two years ago, and by Dr. Buchang Shi, her faculty adviser and master’s thesis director.

The award will enable Naumovitz to attend the biennial North American Catalysis Society meeting, to be held in Pittsburgh in June.

Namuovitz also earned a bachelor’s degree in forensic science with an emphasis in chemistry from EKU in 2014. She is now pursuing a master’s degree in chemistry, with a thesis track.

Published on March 02, 2015

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