Gage and Peromba Award Full-tuition Science Scholarships
Holy Cross Seniors Expand Chemistry Research Beyond the Hill
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 17:10
Kaylie Gage, ’14 and Kelsey Poremba, ’14 have both received the honor of the Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship. Both majoring in chemistry, the award is given to two women majoring in the physical sciences as they enter their final year of studies at Holy Cross.
This scholarship gives both Gage and Poremba full coverage of tuition, room and board, fees, and was extended to a paid research fellowship during the summer prior to this academic year.
Gage has been working with Kevin Quinn, associate professor of chemistry at Holy Cross, on the synthesis of cis-Sylvaticin, a potential anti-cancer agent. They have been working since the summer of Gage’s sophomore year. Their work will culminate in the publication of a paper on their research this fall.
Poremba has been working with Bianca Sculimbrene, assistant professor of chemistry at Holy Cross. They have focused on developing an efficient method to synthesize peptide isosteres, which are used to study the structure and binding of proteins or provide alternatives to peptide drugs that are not currently viable.
Both Gage and Poremba in considering academic paths beyond Holy Cross have chosen to pursue Ph.D programs in organic chemistry.
The Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship is established to encourage undergraduate women to major in the physical sciences, including mathematics, chemistry, computer science, and physics. This year’s recipients have taken full advantage of the scholarship as they continue their academic research at Holy Cross and make plans to expand it beyond the hill.