Montana State organic chemist Sharon Neufeldt wins Cottrell Scholar Award

BOZEMAN — An organic chemist from Montana State University is one of 25 educators in the 2020 class of Cottrell Scholars, an award honoring both academic leadership and innovative research in the physical sciences.

Sharon Neufeldt, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in MSU’s College of Letters and Science, received the award last month for her project “Combined Experimental and Computational Approach to Improving Nickel and Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Couplings.”

“The Cottrell Scholar award is one that Dr. Neufeldt richly deserves,” said department head Joan Broderick. “She is an outstanding teacher with a vigorous research program, and this award will support her efforts to integrate these two aspects of her work in a way that supports the mission of the department and MSU.”