AU Press Releases

Senior awarded fellowship for scientific research in Dusseldorf, Germany

Alfred University (AU) senior Brennan Ferguson is the recipient of an American Chemical Society (ACS) International Research Experience for Undergraduates fellowship.

The fellowship will fund Ferguson’s summer internship experience at the Max Planck Institute in Dusseldorf, Germany, where she will work full-time in a research laboratory and prepare a scientific report and presentation for the 2015 ACS National Meeting in Denver, CO.

Ferguson, a dual environmental studies/chemistry major, is the daughter of Sam Ferguson and Barbara Owens of Destrehan, LA. She is a graduate of Ursuline Academy.

The ACS awards 17 of these fellowships each year to students from across the United States who have displayed an aptitude for research. Recipients are awarded a $4,000 stipend for the summer; travel, housing, orientation and training, insurance expenses, and a trip to the national meeting are also covered through the fellowship.

Ferguson has already had significant research experience as an undergraduate student at AU. Last summer, she traveled to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Geoffrey Bowers, where she assisted in conducting research using the laboratory’s cutting-edge x-ray diffraction technology. She co-authored three papers with Bowers on the data they collected, which they presented at the 50th Annual Clay Mineral Society National Meeting in October 2013.

Ferguson says that her undergraduate research experiences have encouraged her to attend graduate school and pursue a career in scientific research.