Dr. Mohammed Ali, a chemistry professor at Southeast, and Dr. Brindaban Ranu, a senior professor of chemistry at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) have been combining complementary projects in green chemistry and nano-chemistry to provide Southeast students with the opportunity to contribute to green chemistry research. The program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, grants a $3,000 stipend to pay for lodging and round trip airfare from St. Louis, Missouri to Kolkata, India for an 8 week experience.
Four students per year will be selected to travel to IRES for eight weeks during the summers of 2011, 2012, and 2013. Students will receive training and orientation at Southeast prior to departing for India, which is aided by Dr. Ali’s familiarity with the city of Kolkata and its culture. Dr. Ali travels with the participants to India and remains there for two weeks the first year and one week each of the subsequent years.
During this time the he assists with any problems relating to housing, meals, medical or other issues that may come up during the first few days in India. Dr. Ali’s knowledge of each participant’s research background and training allows him to guide the students in selecting projects that match their research background and training. This program is just one highlight of Dr. Ali’s involvement with sustainability. He has been fostering undergraduate research in green chemistry at Southeast for more than a decade, and he regularly mentors 5-6 students per semester while publishing over a dozen papers in peer reviewed chemistry journals that have students as co-authors.
To be eligible for the program you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, science major, minimum GPA of 3.0, and have taken Organic Chemistry II lecture and lab. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.