Vol. 17, No. 30May 7, 1998

Chem major wins award

Jill Trafton, a senior chemistry major from Bowie, Md., has added a National Science Foundation fellowship for graduate school next year to the many honors she has received as a student at UD.

Trafton, who has maintained a 3.941 average, is the top student in the the senior class of 50 chemical majors, according to John Burmeister, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Trafton's honors include a Eugene du Pont scholarship, a Carrothers Scholarship as the top sophomore chemistry/biochemistry major, an American Chemical Society award as the top junior chemistry/ biochemistry major and the 1997 Eastern Analytical Symposium Student Award for her research in bioanalytical chemistry. Currently, she is serving as a teaching assistant for Burmeister's general chemistry course for honors students majoring in chemistry, biochemistry and chemical engineering.

Her undergraduate research project, under Murray Johnston, chemistry and biochemistry, has involved sequencing DNA using mass spectrometry.

Photo by Jack Buxbaum