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Lee Belding, PhD student Chemistry
Graduate supervisor: Dr. Travis Dudding
Lee’s research story
My research involves making new organic molecules and testing their properties and applications. In organic chemistry, simple base chemicals are converted to complex molecules, such as pharmaceutical agents, through a series of transformations. To facilitate these transformations, a third-party molecule (known as a catalyst) is often necessary. We work on making these third-party molecules. In addition to making molecules we use state-of-the-art computer modeling software to predict reactivity and help improve their design.
Graduate awards and the Brock experience
Being a graduate student is more than just research, it is an opportunity to expand your professional connections, experience new things, and grow as a person. For example, despite doing my PhD in chemistry, while a graduate student at Brock I have joined a band, learned to speak some Persian, and even went curling for the first time.
The graduate students at Brock make up a diverse and highly educated community. The graduate culture is stimulating, exciting, and busy, and provides an exceptional working environment. All of this aside, we are here today to honor all of you here today for receiving an award. The first award I ever won was from an internal donor. It meant the world to me. The confidence boost it gave me was invaluable, and actually encouraged me to pursue other awards. In fact, sometimes I think it was winning that small internal award that was the catalyst for all of my success. So I hope all of you see this award for what it is, recognition of your hard work, and foreshadowing of good things to come.