Research Fellowships

The Kubota and Myhre Research Fellowships in Chemistry

The Chemistry Department at Harvey Mudd College has two research fellowships in Chemistry in honor of Mitsuru Kubota and Philip C. Myhre, emeriti professors of chemistry, in recognition of their dedicated service and significant contributions to Harvey Mudd College.

These Fellowships provide research support for Chemistry and Joint Chemistry/Biology majors to conduct research on campus with a Chemistry faculty member in the summer following their sophomore year, continuing through the junior academic year, and in the summer following their junior year. Summer stipends, academic-year wages, research expenses, and conference travel funds will be available. This year’s Myhre Research Fellowship was awarded to Drew Pronovost ’23 in the lab of Professor Hawkins and the Kubota Research Fellowship was awarded to Erza Bacon-Gershman ’23 in the lab of Professor Van Ryswyk.

To be eligible to apply for the next Myhre Research Fellowship in Chemistry, HMC Chemistry and Joint Chemistry/Biology majors in the Class of 2024 should apply to the Chemistry Summer 2022 Research Program and express their interest in being considered for the Myhre Research Fellowship. Upon acceptance to the summer program, interested students will be asked to complete an application form and prepare a short research proposal in conjunction with their faculty research mentor.  Finalists will participate in a brief interview, and the Myhre Research Fellow will be announced in 2022.

Questions should be directed to Professor Haushalter (haushalter@g.hmc.edu).

Myhre Fellow – Drew Pronovost ’23

As this year’s Myhre Fellow, Drew Pronovost will be working with Professor Hawkins in the field of atmospheric chemistry.  Drew will be part of an NSF-funded project investigating how oxygenated phenolic compounds, prevalent in wildfire plumes, can change composition and color during atmospheric reactions. This chemistry could be important for understanding the impact of these emissions on both air quality and climate change. Specifically, the experiments planned for summer 2022 in Paris, France, will be part of a collaboration with the University of San Diego and the University of Paris, Créteil, making use of an atmospheric simulation chamber capable of reproducing cloud and fog conditions. In these conditions, browning reactions are thought to be an important source of atmospheric brown carbon. Their role will be to use aerosol mass spectrometry to probe the chemical changes taking place in real-time in the chamber. In order to prepare for this work, Drew spent summer 2021 training with Professor Hawkins on this technique. The Hawkins lab has an instrument quite similar to the mass spectrometer in France, making Drew especially well prepared for this exciting research endeavor.

Kubota Fellow – Ezra Bacon-Gershman ’23

Award Year Recipients
2021 Ezra Bacon-Gershman ’23/Kubota Fellow/Van Ryswyk Lab
2021 Drew Pronovost ’23/Myhre Fellow/Hawkins Lab
2020 No award due to pandemic
2019 Linden Conrad-Marut ’21/Kubota Fellow/Hawkins Lab
2018 Brandon Wada ’20/Myhre Fellow/Van Hecke Lab
2017 Daphne Guo ’19/Kubota Fellow/Van Hecke Lab
2016 Rilke Griffin ’18/Myhre Fellow/Van Heuvelen Lab
2015 Hannah Welsh ’17/Kubota Fellow/Hawkins Lab