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Isaac Krauss
Isaac Krauss

Congratulations to Isaac Krauss for recently winning the 15th Annual Alberta Gotthardt and Henry Strage Award for Aspiring Young Science Faculty. Additionally, in recognition for his dedication to teaching, Isaac has won the Michael L. Walzer ’56 Award for Teaching.

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Noam Saper '15 has been named a Goldwater Scholar by The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. An exceptional student, Noam is majoring in Chemistry and has engaged in research in the labs of Professor Barry Snider and Professor Christine Thomas, seeking out experience in both organic and inorganic chemistry; he has also co-authored papers that have appeared in several journals, including Structural Chemistry and the Journal of Organic Chemistry. A Lerman-Neubauer Fellow, a recipient of a Division of Science Summer Fellowship in 2013, a Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry Laboratory, an Undergraduate Departmental Representative for Chemistry, and an active member in the Brandeis Orthodox Organization, Noam is a hard-working and engaged member of the Brandeis community, and very deserving of this distinctive honor.

The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 80 Rhodes Scholarships, 117 Marshall Awards, 112 Churchill Scholarships, and numerous other distinguished fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships.

Noam is Brandeis' first Goldwater Scholar since 2009.

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Christine Thomas

Congratulations to Professor Christine Thomas, this year's recipient of the 14th Annual Alberta Gotthardt and Henry Strage Award for Aspiring Young Science Faculty.
Professor Thomas' research focuses on the design and invention of catalysts that have the potential to convert abundant yet inert molecules such as CO2, N2 into useful fuels, thereby providing possible solutions to nation’s energy generation problems.  She is one of the most promising young chemists in the country.  Professor Thomas’ research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy.  Her work has been recognized by a Sloan Research Fellowship and an NSF CAREER award.  She was also selected as an Organometallic Fellow in 2012.  She is also one of Brandeis’ outstanding teachers in sciences.  For her dedication to teaching, she received the Michael L. Walzer’56 Award for excellence in Teaching at Brandeis.

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Brandeis University is a unique learning environment, providing the nurturing setting expected from a small liberal arts college with the resources and scholarship of a large research institution. Situated just outside of Boston in Waltham, Massachusetts, Brandeis has a population of <5,000 students, including both undergraduate and graduate students.

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The Brandeis Chemistry Department is home to a collection of award-winning and nationally recognized faculty with research programs spanning the traditional widely established areas of chemistry (inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry) and newly emerging interdisciplinary fields such as chemical biology, biophysical chemistry, and materials chemistry. In a data-based analysis recently conducted by the National Research Council, the Chemistry Ph.D. program at Brandeis was ranked among the top 15 in the United States. The effectiveness of our programs in chemistry is reflected by the high quality publications of our students in internationally recognized journals (Science, Nature, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Chem. Sci., and others) and their continued success in professional careers in both academia and industry.

Chemistry graduates are sought after by industry, government, and academic recruiters for their solid grounding in physical sciences and technology.