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2013 Phil Gramm Fellow Tiffany Pinder (center), pictured with Dr. Karen L. Butler-Purry, associate provost for graduate studies (left), and Dr. Karan L. Watson, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

COLLEGE STATION --

Tiffany Pinder, a doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University, has been selected as a 2013 Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship Award recipient, announced Dr. Karen L. Butler-Purry, associate provost for graduate studies.

Pinder is one of 10 Texas A&M doctoral students honored with the prestigious award, established in 2006 with the support of Phil Gramm, the former United States Senator from Texas who served as a professor of economics at Texas A&M before being elected to Congress. She was presented with a $5,000 cash reward and a framed certificate at the recent campus-wide 2013 Community of Scholars dinner and henceforth will be recognized as a Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellow for general scholarship and contributions to her discipline.

A native of the Bahamas, Pinder is pursuing a doctoral degree in inorganic chemistry as a member of Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Dr. Marcetta Y. Darensbourg's research group. Her particular work focuses on metallodithiolates as ligands to various reporter units, such as dinitrosyl iron complexes and tungsten carbonyls in order to examine the structures, magnetism, and donor properties of these heterobimetallic complexes. In addition to co-authoring two peer-reviewed publications that are nearing submission, she has presented her research at several national conferences and one international meeting in France.

Pinder has served as a teaching/instructor's assistant for upper-level chemistry courses, including Descriptive Inorganic, Metals in Medicine and Biology, and Green Chemistry. Additionally, she has mentored two outstanding undergraduates during the past three years, earning the 2012 Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Award for Mentoring for her efforts.

Beyond academics, Pinder is an active member of a number of organizations -- including Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) and the newly formed Texas A&M student chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) -- that provide outreach programs for the local community.

Gramm spent two decades serving in the U.S. Congress and Senate, using his economic and financial expertise to create important laws and policies, and to provide advice to legislators and the White House. He is the Senior Partner of Gramm Partners, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C.

To learn more about the Gramm Fellowship Program and other opportunities and assistance for graduate students at Texas A&M, visit http://ogs.tamu.edu/.

-aTm-

Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu

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