The Catholic University of America

April 4, 2007

CUA Biochemistry Major Awarded Prestigious Merck Scholarship

Fellowship Provides Full Tuition and Research Internships

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University junior and biochemistry major Paul Kelley, of Weems, Va., has been awarded a United Negro College Fund/Merck Science Initiative award, one of 15 undergraduates to receive the prestigious award nationwide.

Paul Kelley

The program targets students pursuing careers in scientific research at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels and is supported through the Merck Institute for Science Education and Merck Research Laboratories.

This year's award recipients were chosen for their academic achievements and their potential in the field of biomedical research.

"This is a great honor that has been bestowed on Paul," said CUA Professor of Chemistry Ildiko Kovach, who oversees Kelley's research work at CUA. "He will have first-class training at Merck in biomedical sciences over the next two summers and should be proud of this highly competitive award."

As an undergraduate Merck fellow, Kelley will receive a full tuition scholarship for his senior year at CUA, as well as summer research internships at Merck Research Laboratories. In addition, each fellow is paired with a Merck scientist who acts as a mentor in providing valuable research assistance, guidance and other types of support.

Kelley will continue in his position as a research assistant for Kovach's project on the inhibition of Thrombin, a blood-clotting enzyme. The project is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. After graduating from CUA in 2008, Kelley plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry.

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· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, harrisoc@cua.edu
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, leect@cua.edu