Sidney Wilkerson-Hill receives 2023 Junior Scientists Participation Fellowship

May 18, 2023 | By UNC-Chapel Hill Chemistry Communication

We are pleased to share that Professor Sidney Wilkerson-Hill received a Junior Scientists Participation Fellowship for the 2023 the Bürgenstock Conference!

Each year, the Division of Fundamental Research of the Swiss Chemical Society awards between 12 to 16 fellowships to attend the Bürgenstock Conference to promising young scientists from Europe (including Russia and Israel) who are at the beginning of their academic careers. The Organizing Committee asks leading scientists, former Presidents of the ‘Bürgenstock Conferences’, as well as Presidents of National Academies of Science to nominate candidates at the beginning of their career. From these candidates, they select the best young scientists for the fellowships, based on scientific excellence and diversity. Starting in 2019, up to two fellowships each have been attributed to young scientists from North/South America and Asia/Oceania/Africa respectively, to promote early world-wide interactions among leading scientists of the next generation, .

Professor Wilkerson-Hill’s research centers on methods to obtain orphaned cyclopropanes.  Since starting at UNC, he has received the ACS Herman Frasch Foundation grant, NSF CAREER Award, Eli Lilly ACC Grantee Award, the UNC Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, a UNC Junior Faculty Development Award, the ACS Organic Letters Lectureship, and the Thieme Journal Award.  He is also actively involved in diversity initiatives such as the Berkeley Science Network, California Alliance, and NOBCChE programs to address disparities facing minorities pursuing careers in the physical sciences.  Congratulations to Professor Wilkerson-Hill!