April 6, 2012
Iota Sigma Pi, the national honor society for women in chemistry, has awarded chemistry undergraduate Kaitlyn Weeber its Gladys Anderson Emerson Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes “excellence in chemistry or biochemistry by a woman undergraduate student.”
Raised in Chico, CA, Weeber graduated from high school there in 2009 and came to the College of Chemistry that fall. Now a junior, she plans to spend next fall studying in Sweden and Norway with the UC Education Abroad Program.
She is a member of the research group of chemistry professor Jeff Long, where she helps create compounds known as metal organic frameworks that can be used to capture carbon dioxide from power plant emissions. According to Long, Weeber has “three qualities indicative of truly great scientific potential — she is creative, eager and organized.”
Weeber was nominated for the scholarship by fellow Iota Sigma Pi member Rebecca Murphy, a graduate student in the research group of Richmond Sarpong. Says Weeber, “I’m honored to represent both Cal and Iota Sigma Pi in receiving this award, and I am excited to explore the many opportunities available in chemistry.”
Iota Sigma Pi was founded in 1902 and was organized on a nationwide basis in 1916. Its major objectives are to promote interest in chemistry among women students, foster their mutual advancement and stimulate personal accomplishments in chemical fields. More than 40 local chapters have been established in various colleges, universities and metropolitan areas, and more than 10,000 members have been initiated into the organization.