At the 95th annual Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in May, UBC chemistry graduate student Lauren Keyes was awarded Best Oral Presentation in the Symposium on Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis in Honour of Howard Alper. Lauren Keyes, a member of the Love group, is currently entering the final year of her PhD at UBC. Her research has focused on the development of new methodologies for the catalytic functionalization of aryl fluorides. In recognition of her outstanding presentation entitled ""Ni Catalyzed C-F Activation: New Methods for the Synthesis of Novel Aryl Fluoride Building Blocks" Lauren also received a monetary prize of $250.
The Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition is a national event held by the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC). This year's event ran from May 26-30 in Calgary, Alberta. More information on the conference can be found here: http://www.csc2012.ca/.