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 Brandon Wada ’20 in the lab of Professor Van Hecke.

Myhre Fellow, Brandon Wada ’20

Brandon’s project will deal with isothermal compressibilities that are very useful physical constants of pure materials.  Few studies have focused on measuring isothermal compressibilities for binary mixtures of simple liquids, alcohol and water for example.  Measuring isothermal compressibilities directly is very difficult but a thermodynamic relationship will allow calculation of an isothermal compressibility from independent measurements of constant pressure heat capacity, adiabatic compressibility, temperature, and the coefficient of isothermal expansion.  Recent equipment acquisitions will allow measurements of all the necessary independent physical properties, each valuable in their own right, in the laboratory.  From the measurements on binary mixtures, it is hoped that simple mixing rules, formulas to add pure properties together to describe the property of the mixture, will be established.

To be eligible to apply for the next Kubota Research Fellowship in Chemistry, HMC Chemistry and Joint Chemistry/Biology majors in the Class of 2021 should apply to the Chemistry Summer 2019 Research Program and express their interest in being considered for the Kubota 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 Kubota Research Fellow will be announced in March 2019.

Questions should be directed to Professor Van Ryswyk (

Award Year Recipients
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