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Dr. Kelly Schultz wins competitive ACS-PRF Doctoral New Investigator grant

Dr. Kelly Schultz, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has won a competitive grant entitled "Fundamental Studies of Material Properties of Chemically Cross-Linked Gels Concentrated above the Overlap Concentration" from the American Chemical Society's Petroleum Research Fund as part of their Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) grants program.

The DNI program provides start-up funding for scientists and engineers in the United States who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or the equivalent.

The DNI grants are to be used to illustrate proof of principle or concept, to test a hypothesis, or to demonstrate feasibility of an approach so that the investigator can seek follow-on funding from other agencies based on this preliminary study.

Dr. Schultz joined the department following two years of postdoctoral studies at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Previously, she completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2011. Subsequently, she joined the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder as a postdoctoral scholar.

Her research interests are in the areas of rheology of hydrogels, self-assembled macromolecular precursors, and the role of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in remodeling enzymatically cleavable hydrogels.

Dr. Schultz is recipient of the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Award from the American Chemical Society's Polymer Chemistry Division; a select invitee at the University of Washington Distinguished Young Scholars Summer Seminar Series; recipient of the prestigious Fraser and Shirley Russell Teaching Fellowship at Delaware and a NSF graduate research fellowship that supported her dissertation research at Delaware.

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