(June 16, 2016) – Alexis Fields, a Biochemistry major at Armstrong State University, has been named a 2016-2017 Scholar by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific professional society dedicated to advancing chemistry, supporting diversity and encouraging future chemists. Fields is one of only 130 students selected from across the United States for this prestigious honor.
The ACS Scholars program provides scholarship funding for the brightest future chemists from underrepresented minorities. Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 2,000 students have received scholarships, and many have gone on to graduate school and successful professional careers.
Dr. Brandon Quillian, assistant professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Will Lynch, the head of Armstrong’s Department of Chemistry and Physics, nominated Fields for this honor. A high-achieving student with a 3.8 GPA, Fields’ accomplishments extend beyond the classroom and into the lab, where she has been working with Quillian on a research project to develop ruthenium-based catalysts in order to improve current plastic production methods. These catalysts lessen by-products, therefore reducing environmental impacts associated with the process.
“My ultimate career goal is to study how pathogens affect cells or to create therapeutics against pathogens,” Fields said. “I have always been interested in how drugs are made and why they are so effective, but I am also interested in studying viruses and bacteria.”
Fields, a Treasure Savannah volunteer who is involved with both the NAACP and the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, will graduate from Armstrong in 2017. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in Biochemistry.