Farnsworth and Johnson use past experiences to prepare for doctoral programs in chemistry and biology
Tyler Farnsworth, a senior majoring in chemistry at the University of South Carolina Upstate, will leave a lasting legacy in the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering when he graduates in May 2013. He has been an exceptional student who has taken advantage of opportunities both in and out of the classroom.
Farnsworth was selected as a 2012 Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Scholar, a prestigious summer internship program to introduce chemistry and chemical engineering students to careers in the chemical industry. The SCI Scholar program is very competitive with only 13 students being selected nationwide out of an applicant pool of approximately 300 undergraduates. He spent his summer within the Petroleum Additives division at Chemtura Corporation in Connecticut where he worked to develop novel friction modifiers and anti-wear additives.
Farnsworth also completed a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship during the summer of 2011 at Georgetown University where he studied polysiloxanes used in chemical spill containment and remediation.
Farnsworth, who is from Roebuck, S.C., will now use his past experiences to prepare for a doctoral program. He will attend the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill to work on his Ph.D. in polymer/materials chemistry.
Joshua Johnson is wrapping up his studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate and will earn a bachelor’s degree in biology this May. The Spartanburg native has been an outstanding student in the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering
He completed a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship during the summer of 2012 at the University of California Berkeley where he studied the assembly of the kinetochore, a protein complex that connects centromeric DNA to microtubules during cell division. Johnson was one of only 12 students nationwide selected for this program out of an applicant pool of over 400 undergraduates.
This was his second REU fellowship; he studied the action of the enzyme telomerase in yeast during the summer of 2011 at Johns Hopkins University. The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.
Johnson will pursue a Ph.D. in biology at the University of California Berkeley beginning this fall.