Michael D Clift is the recipient of the 2009 Perkin Scholarship. Clift received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry in 2005 from Western Michigan University as a member of the Lee Honors College. Upon graduating he moved to Northwestern University where he spent a year in the labs of Professor Richard B Silverman before joining Dr Regan J Thomson's research group. His broad research experiences have included work in biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, and total synthesis.
The Perkin Scholarship is the latest award for Clift, whose previous achievements include:
2005 Presidential Scholar in Chemistry, Western Michigan University
2005 Outstanding Student Awards in Chemistry, Western Michigan University
2005 Lee Honors College Graduate
2004 NSF-REU Program, Western Michigan University (Dr J J Kiddle)
2003 Jensen Award for academic merit in organic chemistry, Western Michigan University, Department of Chemistry
The $5,000 scholarship is presented to a student at the Perkin Medal Dinner, held each year in Philadelphia, USA