Two Iona Science Students from Dr. Sunghee Lee’s Research Group to Perform Summer Research at the University of Tokyo, an NSF-Sponsored International Collaboration

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded funding to Dr. Sunghee Lee in the Chemistry Department to promote an international research collaboration with Professor Shoji Takeuchi of the University of Tokyo. Two students from Dr. Lee’s Research Group – Jacqueline Denver (Class of 2017, Biochemistry) and Michael McGlone (Class of 2017, Physics) – will be joining a globally renowned scientific team in Tokyo this summer to perform research in the field of Biomimetic Soft Materials Chemistry. These students will be involved in separate research projects and travel to Japan at different times during the summer. They follow Peter J. Milianta (Class of 2016, Biochemistry) who traveled last year to Japan for a month-long research project. Dr. Lee noted, “This is a tremendous opportunity for our students to experience a true intellectual collaboration. Last year, our research partners were very impressed by Peter’s contribution, hence our fruitful partnership continues. Michael and Jacqueline have been role models in my research laboratory, leading very successful projects. Their summer experience will provide an even greater level of confidence and strength towards their careers in science in the future. I am very proud to be able to offer this opportunity, and they deserve it!” The NSF awards this funding to promote their vision of “a Nation that creates and exploits new concepts in science and engineering and provides global leadership in research and education.”