Two students who have worked on CSMS research receive prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Congratulations to CSMS participant Anna Renner for receiving a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

Anna with her CSMS poster presented at the April 2018 ND EPSCoR Annual State Conference.

Anna has been involved in CSMS research, under Dr. Mukund Sibi at North Dakota State University (NDSU), since January 2017 and graduated May 2018 with her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She is currently a lab technician in Chemistry and Biochemistry at NDSU, and she plans to begin graduate studies in chemistry at Harvard University Fall 2018. During the time Anna has been involved in CSMS research, she has made the following poster presentations related to her CSMS research under Dr. Sibi:

  • Bio-Derivable Alkoxybenzenes for the Synthesis of Sustainable Polymers
  • Preparation of a Novel, Bio-Derivable Crosslinker for Polymer Synthesis
  • Preparation of Bio-Derivable Reactive Diluents for Polymer Synthesis
  • Synthesis of Bio-Based Reactive Diluents as Styrene Alternatives
  • Synthesis of Bio-Derivable Reactive Diluents for Styrene Replacement
    in Sustainable Polymers
  • Synthesis of Biomass-Derived Furan-Based Ethers
  • Synthesis of Cirsiumaldehyde: A Reaction Optimization Study

Congratulations again to Anna, and best wishes to her on her graduate studies at Harvard!

More information about Anna and another NDSU student who received the Fellowship this year can be read in this NDSU News article

Congratulations to Katelyn Randazzo, previously a participant in CSMS research Fall 2013 to May 2016 under Dr. Qianli Chu at the University of North Dakota, who also received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2018. While involved in CSMS research, Katelyn made the following poster presentations and has been included in several publications:


  • Commercial Floodlights: A Promising Resource in Photochemistry
  • Floodlight Photochemistry: From a Classic Photoreaction to Cutting-Edge Application
  • Incandescent Light: A Promising Radiation Source in Photochemistry
  • Lighting the Way to Accessible Solid-State Photochemical Synthesis: Incandescent Lights as a Facile Source of Ultraviolet Radiation
  • Lighting the Way to Greener Chemistry: Incandescent Floodlights as a Facile UV Light Source for Classic and Cutting-Edge Photoreactions
  • Lighting the Way to Greener Chemistry: Incandescent Lights as a Promising Source of Ultraviolet Radiation


  • Randazzo, K.; Wang, Z.; Wang, Z.D.; Butz, J. and Chu, Q.R. (Available online July 2016). Lighting the Way to Greener Chemistry: Incandescent Floodlights as a Facile UV Light Source for Classic and Cutting-Edge Photoreactions, ACS Sustainable Chem. & Eng., 4(9), 5053-5059.
    DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b01506
  • Wang, Z.; Kastern, B.; Randazzo, K.; Ugrinov, A.; Butz, J. Seals, D.W.; Sibi, M.P. and Chu, Q.R. (2015). Linear polyester synthesized from furfural-based monomer by photoreaction in sunlight, Green Chemistry, 17, 4720-4724.
    DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01783A
  • Wang, Z.; Randazzo, K.; Hou, X.; Simpson, J.; Struppe, J.; Ugrinov, A.; Kastern, B.; Wysocki, E. and Chu, Q.R. (2015). Stereoregular Two-dimensional Polymers Constructed by Topochemical Polymerization, Macromolecules, 48(9), 2894-2900.
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b00109
  • Wang, Zhihan.; Miller, B.; Butz, J.; Randazzo, K.; Wang, Zijun D. and Chu, Q. (2017). Polyladderane Constructed from Gemini Monomer via Photoreaction. Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English), 56, 12155-12159.
    DOI: 10.1002/anie.201705937

Congratulations again to Katelyn as you continue your studies!

Anna and Katelyn are two out of three individuals who have received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in the last two years who have been involved in a ND EPSCoR sponsored program.

  • Alec Redmann, Summer and Fall 2014 participant in ND EPSCoR’s STTAR program, Students in Technology Transfer And Research, received his Fellowship in 2016. You can read more about Alec in this UND University News article.

Congratulations to Alec!