FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/01/96
Contact: Margie Yu
Public Affairs Assistant
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)