WFU students win National Science Foundation award

Beth Stroupe

Beth Stroupe, a senior chemistry major at Wake Forest University, has won one of 57 national fellowships for predoctoral studies in chemistry awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Under the fellowship, Stroupe will study in the molecular biology department of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. and part of the University of California at San Diego and one of the worlds leading sites for biochemical research. Stroupe, of Libertyville, Ill., will graduate May 19 from Wake Forest with a bachelors degree in chemistry.

This year, 5,128 undergraduates applied for the NSF fellowships. Of the 850 awarded in 13 different fields, only 57 went to chemistry majors.

The NSF award is the latest honor bestowed on Stroupe who, as a junior, won the 1996 Iota Sigma Pi Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Chemistry and a travel award from the organic section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for research on nitrosothiols in biological systems and compounds involved in the delivery of nitric oxide for muscle contraction, immune system response and memory. Stroupe describes her work as “the process of watching one chemical compound transfer into another, like a ball bouncing back and forth.”

Stroupe plans to travel in Europe before starting work at Scripps on Aug. 1.

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