Category Archives: Group members

First Ph.D. in the group! Congratulations, Rosie!

The first graduate student in the Liu group, Ms. Roselyn Rodrigues, received her Ph.D. in Chemistry along with our departmental Inorganic Chemistry Dissertation Award. Congratulations!

Time flies. It is hard to believe that so many years have passed. Chong keeps recalling the summer of 2017 when Rosie and Chong were opening boxes like Christmas and setting up the lab. Chong is grateful for all the works that Rosie has contributed to the group and the mentoring that she did to other junior students. Best wishes to Rosie for her future career!

Awards from our undergraduate students!

We have multiple excellent undergraduate students receiving recognitions this year. Congratulations!

  1. David Dumas received the Susan Elizabeth Baumgarten Chemistry Endowed Student Award.
  2. Luke Elissiry received the ACS Award for Outstanding Senior in Inorganic Chemistry
  3. David Dumas, Luke Elissiry, and Brianna Mai presented their research at the UCLA Undergraduate Research Showcase.
  4. We have two undergraduates who just graduated: Luke Elissiry will start at UC Berkeley for graduate study and Coco Wu will start at UCSF. Best wishes to their future career!

Francisco Galang is selected into the UC LEADS program

Undergraduate student Francisco “Kiko” Galang (Chem Eng) is selected into the UC LEADS program, one of the most prestigious fellowships award by the University of California system. The departmental news report is here.

Sponsored by this UC LEAD program, Kiko will conduct a remote summer internship in 2021 with the group of Prof. Alexis t. Bell at UC Berkeley. Enjoy the summer!

Coco Wu and Luke Elissiry receive the Undergraduate Departmental Awards!

Our undergraduate Coco Wu and Luke Elissiry have been selected to receive the Susan Elizabeth Baumgarten Chemistry Endowed Student Award, in honor of their success in research and academic pursuits.

The award comes with a $500 prize for each recipient and the awardees will be properly honored at the time of the 2020 Departmental Awards Ceremony in the future. Congratulations to Coco and Luke!

Roselyn Rodrigues receives the Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF)!

Graduate student Roselyn Rodrigues is one of the 18 Chemistry & Biochemistry graduate students who receive the 2020-2021 UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship. Congratulations!

The fellowship is intended to support doctoral students who are within one year of completing and filing their dissertation. It includes a $20,000 stipend plus standard tuition and fees (excluding nonresident tuition). Each year, approximately 200 Dissertation Year Fellowships (DYF) are awarded to UCLA graduate students who are nominated for the fellowship by their department.

Roselyn Rodrigues receives the Excellence in Research Award

Graduate student Roselyn Rodrigues receives the Dafni Amirsakis Memorial Excellence in Research Award, in recognition of her research excellence and productivity! Congratulations!

The awards are normally presented to students at the department’s annual awards ceremony and at Commencement, both of which have been postponed until later in the 2020-21 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The department will be honoring our graduating students through virtual celebrations in June.

Jesus Iñiguez receives the departmental teaching award!

Graduate student Jesus Iñiguez receives Michael E. Jung Excellence in Teaching Awards, in a recognization of his excellence as teaching assistants (TAs) as reflected in undergraduate student evaluations and faculty nomination letters. Congratulations!

The awards are normally presented to students at the department’s annual awards ceremony and at Commencement, both of which have been postponed until later in the 2020-21 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The department will be honoring our graduating students through virtual celebrations in June.

Brianna Mai receives the undergraduate summer research fellowship!

Undergraduate Brianna Mai received the Raymond and Dorothy Wilson Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the department! Congratulations! We are looking forward to the exciting (remote) summer research experience! 😉

These awards were to have been presented at the department’s annual awards ceremony which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The department is planning to hold the ceremony later in the 2020-21 academic year.