David Jenkins, assistant professor of chemistry, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.
The CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious honor for junior faculty who demonstrate outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Jenkins won $650,000 over five years, beginning in 2013. Jenkins’s research group will design new catalysts for forming aziridines. Aziridines are found in natural products that have antitumor and antibiotic properties, and are crucial in pharmaceutical research. Jenkins’ team will work with Central High School in the Pre-Collegiate Scholar Program and will develop new teaching materials for Advanced Placement Chemistry labs.