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Centenary Chemistry Professor Receives Research Grant

Dr. Joshua Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Centenary College.

SHREVEPORT, LA — Dr. Joshua Lawrence, assistant professor of chemistry at Centenary College, is one of 31 faculty members across the United States and Canada to receive the Fall 2005 Cottrell College Science Award, a grant given by Research Corporation to faculty at undergraduate institutions for the advancement of science.

Dr. Lawrence has been awarded $40,171 for his research in the trifluoromethylation of aromatic compounds via C-H activation using iron reagents. He will use the funds to pay the summer salaries of four student researchers and to purchase new equipment for use in the synthesis of air-sensitive compounds. In addition, an electrochemical workstation will be purchased with a combination of funds from this award and from the Mattie Allen Broyles Inaugural Year Research Chair.

Other grants ranged from $22,400-$45,600 and were given to recipients at institutions such as California State University, James Madison University, Oberlin College and Trinity University.

Dr. Lawrence graduated from Rhodes College in 1998 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. He is Centenary's newest faculty member within natural sciences.

For more information, contact Dena McDuffie, Research Corporation, at 520-571-1111 or mcduffie@rescorp.org.

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