Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Siegfried B. Christensen IV Memorial Scholarship Recipients Selected

Five University of New Orleans students are the first recipients of chemistry scholarships established in honor of Siegfried B. Christensen. Siegfried B. Christensen IV

Five University of New Orleans chemistry students are the first recipients of the Siegfried B. Christensen IV Memorial Scholarships. The scholarships were made possible by a $25,000 gift to the UNO Department of Chemistry from Christensen's mother, Rowena.

The five undergraduate chemistry students, who were selected through a competitive application process, will receive a $5,000 scholarship. The winners are: Amber Carpenter, Hana Kang, Katherine Bricker, Joshua Black and Ryan McKinnie.

Siegfried B. Christensen IV, an accomplished medicinal chemist, died in 2011 at the age of 57 after a brief and unexpected illness. Christensen was a New Orleans native who earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of New Orleans in 1978; he won the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Chemistry while at UNO. He went on to earn a master's degree and a doctorate in organic chemistry from Johns Hopkins University.

Christensen spent 27 years with the multinational pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and its legacy companies. Over the course of his career, he was responsible for the design, discovery and delivery of numerous drug candidates targeting multiple human diseases. Most recently, he served as vice president of chemistry in the Virtual Proof of Concept Discovery Performance Unit at GSK. Christensen is an inventor on 61 issued U.S. patents and he has an additional 51 patents pending internationally.

"It was a guiding philosophy of Siegfried's life that each one of us should leave this world a better place," Rowena Christensen said. "One of the ways he accomplished this was by serving as a mentor throughout his career. I believe this gift to the University of New Orleans will allow Siegfried's generosity of spirit to continue to inspire young people." 


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