American Chemical Society Scholars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/01/96

Contact: Margie Yu
Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-3047

CAL STATE L.A. CHEMISTRY STUDENTS RECEIVE
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY SCHOLARS AWARDS

Los Angeles, California -- October 1, 1996 -- The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University, Los Angeles is proud to announce that chemistry majors Gerardo Cortes-Lopez and Douglas Molina have been selected to receive the American Chemical Society Scholars Awards. The first CSLA students to receive this award, they are two of 150 award recipients chosen this year out of 1,700 applicants nationwide. The scholarships are awarded to students showing exceptional promise for careers in the chemical sciences.

Senior Cortes-Lopez, a resident of El Monte, is part of the CSLA Minority Access to Research Careers program (MARC) working with Linda M. Tunstad, assistant professor of Chemistry, and a participant in the department's Honors Program.

Los Angeles resident Molina, who transferred to CSLA from Los Angeles City College this year, is also a participant in the MARC program working with Wayne R. Tikkanen, professor of Chemistry.

MARC, an honors undergraduate research training program at Cal State L.A., aims to increase the number of well-prepared minority students who can compete successfully for entry into graduate programs leading to a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences. The program is supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health.

The American Chemical Society was founded in 1876 and is a not-for-profit organization. It is the world's largest scientific society and has a membership of over 151,000 chemists and chemical engineers. The American Chemical Society was chartered by a 1937 Act of the U.S. Congress. The Society is recognized as a world leader in fostering scientific education and research, and promoting public understanding of science.

For more information about the program or awards, call Carlos Gutierrez, professor of Chemistry and director of MARC, (323) 343-2395.

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