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Student Michael Farris Recognized for Contributions to Chemistry

Contact: Lynn Stewart or Amy Boltinghouse, Centenary News Service
318-869-5120 or 869-5709

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Centenary College student Michael Farris and assistant professor of chemistry Dr. Tom Ticich have been awarded one of 150 grants given by the Community Interaction Student Affiliates Project of the American Chemistry Society.

The $400 grant will be used to fund a project that will allow a team of six Centenary students to visit two sixth-grade classes at Hollywood Middle School several times during the academic year. During these visits the team will lead students in hands-on chemistry activities in hopes of enhancing the chemical education of middle school students and developing a long- term relationship between the two institutions.

Farris has also co-authored the paper "Characterization of the Brucella Abortus Fur Homolog," which was presented at the Wind River Conference on Procaryotic Biology this summer in New Orleans. Farris, who resides in Bossier City, is a senior chemistry major at Centenary and is the son of Peggy Farris of Shreveport.

This summer, Farris also completed an undergraduate research fellowship in the University of Southern Mississippi Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. He worked with Dr. Andy Griffin on the "Synthesis and Characterization of Partially Flourinated Diesters."