Maya Nilkant

Claire Buysse - 2016 Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship Recipient

Blog Post created by Maya Nilkant on Jun 6, 2017

By Jodi Wesemann


     A senior chemistry major at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (CSB/ SJU) in central Minnesota, Claire Buysse is the 2016 recipient of the Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship. The scholarship is a one‐time award based on both merit and financial need.

     Claire’s love of chemistry and her plans to pursue a doctoral degree in atmospheric chemistry have grown through a series of academic and research experiences. In high school, she took college-level courses from a female teacher, role model, and family friend. In college, she has been inspired by other students with the same sense of determination and ambition in chemistry. At CSB/SJU, she works as a tutor and teaching assistant for the Chemistry Department. She is an active member of the Chem Club and is currently serving as President.

     Research experiences helped Claire discover a passion for the Earth sciences. Along with pursuing research opportunities during the academic year at CSB/SJU, she has participated in the North Dakota State University Research on the Prairies Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduate Program, the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean Summer Research  Internship Program at University of Washington–Seale, and the NASA Student Airborne Research Program. She developed her own research project based on the data collected aboard a NASA DC‐8 research aircraft and will present her research on secondary organic aerosols at the Spring 2017 ACS National Meeting in San Francisco.

     The Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship was established by Paul R. Jones, in memory of his wife, to provide scholarships for female undergraduate majors in chemistry or related disciplines who are beginning their junior or  senior years of study. Priscilla Carney Jones wished to have this scholarship established because of the difficulties she faced as a female chemist early in her career.