2021-22 Clare Boothe Luce Scholars
Two undergraduate students have received Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) scholarships and awards for the 2021-22 academic year. These awards recognize high-achieving female undergraduate students pursuing degrees in science, math, and engineering.
Chemistry for life
CBL Undergraduate Scholarship recipient Lindsay Moskal (Duq'23) has always enjoyed chemistry and learning about the microscopic yet fundamental particles-atoms, molecules, and ions-that constitute all life. "Chemistry has given me a greater understanding and appreciation for the world around me," Lindsay says, "Being able to predict how compounds react is an extremely powerful tool for developing more sustainable, efficient, and economic processes." At Duquesne, Lindsay conducts computational chemistry research in Professor Jeffrey D. Evanseck's lab, where she studies the small organic molecules that make up much larger catalysts called dual-hydrogen-bond-donors (DHBDs). DHBDs have become increasingly prominent in organocatalysis because they enable researchers to control the outcome of certain reactions, producing the desired product(s) in high yields. DHBDs may especially be key to synthesizing pharmaceuticals and industrial products without future consequences on human health, the environment, and the economy.
In addition to chemistry, Lindsay is passionate about education. She is grateful to the teachers and professors who continue to inspire her with their knowledge, passion, investment, and eagerness to help. One day, Lindsay would like to do the same for her own students and hopes to share her love for learning (and chemistry!) with the next generation of scientists.
Biomedical engineering for health and well-being
CBL Undergraduate Scholarship recipient Alexis Throop (Duq'23) chose to pursue biomedical engineering because she has a passion for science and math, as well as a fascination for the human body. "Biomedical engineering is a multi-disciplinary field that can directly improve our health and well-being," she states. Alexis currently completes research in Dr. Rana Zakerzadeh's computational biology lab, where she studies abdominal aortic aneurysms using fluid-structure interactions.
In addition to biomedical engineering, Alexis is minoring in mathematics and biochemistry. She serves as the president of the Duquesne BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society) chapter and the vice president of the Society of Women Engineers. Alexis is also an active member of Duquesne University Health Profession Society (DUHPS) and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Since her freshman year, Alexis has volunteered at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and has worked as a tutor through the athletic department.