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TCNJ Chemistry Major Rebecca Goncalves Wins National Scholarship from the American Chemical Society

Rebecca Goncalves, a senior chemistry major, recently won the 2017 Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship  from the American Chemical Society. The scholarship is awarded by the ACS’s Women Chemists Committee. Paul R. Jones established the scholarship in memory of his wife, Priscilla Carney Jones, who faced difficulties as a female chemist early in her career. The scholarship is for junior or senior undergraduates majoring in chemistry or related disciplines.

Since her Sophomore year, she has been working in the research group with her faculty mentor Dr. Joseph Baker. Goncalves’s research is focused on studying the effects of force on type IV pilin proteins using molecular dynamics simulations. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry following her graduation in May 2018. She is interested in research that incorporates a combined experimental and computational approach to develop novel materials with biomedical applications.

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