For many years now, the Department of Chemistry at Villanova University has supported a substantial number of students with research fellowships funded through the generous contributions from local industries and faculty research grants. The Department's philosophy is that research is vital to student development and that it may be the single most important activity undergraduates undertake. Because of this commitment, faculty mentors constantly work to provide superior research experiences for their students. Undergraduate researchers not only benefit from hands-on involvement but they also become part of the process and culture of research. Devising experiments and solving problems with lab members and faculty advisors prepare students by placing them in a real world setting. Learning to work creatively and independently as an undergraduate gives students a distinct advantage when entering the workforce or applying to graduate or professional school.
Ron attended Villanova as an undergraduate and it is fitting that this fellowship program be established here in his memory. Although the specifics of the program are still being established, it is proposed that two undergraduate research students would be supported annually with the expectation that more could be supported in the future as the fund grows. The Department Chair will work to secure funds for room and board for students supported from this program. Dr. Ron Magolda Undergraduate Research Fellows would be selected from the pool of applicants the Department receives each spring and an acknowledgement to the program would appear on all work disseminated.
Your support and contributions to the Dr. Ron Magolda Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in Chemistry are much appreciated not only by Villanova University and the committee members, but also by the large community of Medicinal Chemists who have been touched by Ron's mentorship. Donations from individuals and corporations are welcome. We will continue to seek and secure funds for this endowment to ensure the program is both a lasting memorial to Ron and a resource for undergraduate research.
Please consider supporting this very important program in Ron's memory. Donations can be made in several ways: