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Published: July 15, 2015

MSU chemistry grad students receive top honors at conference

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MSU chemistry graduate students Scott Fales and Garrett Meek received “best of” awards for their presentations at the 47th Annual Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference held recently in Ann Arbor.

Fales received an award for Best Contributed Talk for presenting his work on advanced computer hardware designed for video games to model the photochemistry of nanomaterials. Meek was awarded Best Poster for presenting his work on elucidating the mechanism of charge transport in graphitic carbon nitride photocatalysts. Both Gales and Meek work in the lab of Benjamin Levine, assistant professor of chemistry in MSU’s College of Natural Science.

"Graduate students such as Scott and Garrett are world-class scientists in their own rights,” Levine said. “While earning their degrees, they have performed cutting-edge scientific research here at MSU, and it's important that they have the opportunity to attend conferences to report their results to the broader scientific community. It's wonderful for them to be recognized for their accomplishments as well."

Participants at the Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference range from internationally renowned senior scientists to younger theorists, including postdocs, graduate students and undergraduates, who gather to present and discuss significant recent results in theoretical chemistry.

Scott Fales, left, and Garrett Meek received “best of” honors at the 47th Annual Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference.

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