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Undergraduate Researcher of the Year Finalist – Cliff Pruett

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Mentor: Bruce Hopkins

Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry

Why Dr. Hopkins nominated Cliff: Cliff is highly self-motivated. He was my first research student at ACU and helped me initiate my research program. He not only devoted a lot of time and energy to learning the chemistry and quickly becoming productive in the lab, but he also helped me clean and organize the lab space and trouble-shoot the chemical procedures. Cliff picks up techniques and procedures very quickly and began to operate rather independently much sooner that I had expected. At the same time, he always wants to understand the theory behind what we are doing. He also very quickly became adept at using the NMR spectrometer and analytical HPLC, which is essenti

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