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Taylor Gift Funds New Fellowships for Chemistry Grad Students

Graduate students offer their thanks to emeritus professor Ted Taylor. (Courtesy Department of Chemistry)

Graduate students offer their thanks to emeritus professor Ted Taylor. (Courtesy Department of Chemistry)

Starting this fall, third-year chemistry graduate students will receive full fellowships through a gift from Edward C. Taylor, chemistry professor emeritus and inventor of the anti-cancer drug Alimta, which is used to treat lung cancer and mesothelioma.

The third year is a critical time in graduate school because it is often when students begin working primarily on their research projects, said chemistry department chair Tom Muir. “The Taylor funding will allow all students to focus on their research without worrying about where their funding comes from, or whether they might have to do additional teaching to pay for their stipend,” Muir said.

Muir declined to comment on the amount of the Taylor gift, but said the donation will have a “massive” impact on the department. “It will greatly strengthen our ability to attract the very best chemistry students to Princeton, which in turn will allow us to attract and retain the best faculty,” he said. Continue reading