Jose Roque, a Ph.D. student in the chemistry lab of Professor Richmond Sarpong, has been awarded a 2019–2020 Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. BMS fellowship awardees are chosen based on the fellow's demonstrated academic and research achievements as well as the potential for significant future accomplishments.
In addition to a fellowship stipend, Roque will be invited to participate in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Awards Symposium at the BMS research site in Lawrenceville, New Jersey next Spring.
Roque joined the College as a graduate student in the summer of 2015. He has been involved in research on the synthesis of paraherquamide A and congeners of the paraherquamides. He is currently involved in research of the C–C bond cleavage methodology that has led to several papers (Science 2018, 361, 171) and (Nature 2018, 564, 244).
Roque was also a finalist for the Reaxys Ph.D. Prize in 2019 and the recipient of an Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award.