FLORENCE – William Stephen McCall of Florence a senior chemistry major at Francis Marion University has been awarded the 1999 Floyd David Hager Chemistry Scholarship.
The Floyd David Hager Chemistry Scholarship, provided through an endowment by the Floyd David Hager estate, is awarded to an outstanding upper-class chemistry major and is selected by the chemistry faculty. The chemistry faculty evaluates students on the basis of scholarship, research activities, and service activities.
Hager, a native of Illinois, earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Chicago. He retired to Pamplico after a long career as an agricultural chemist with the Commonwealth of Massachusettes. Hager was instrumental in the development of several new corn hybrids and made other important contributions to agricultural chemistry through his research. The scholarship bearing his name was established after his death earlier this year at the age of 99.
McCall participated in research projects last year, conducted a research internship at Virginia Tech this past summer, and is currently president of the FMU Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society. McCall is also working under the direction of FMU chemistry professor Kenneth B. Williams, Ph.D., on research regarding “Metal Halogen Exchange in Organometallic-Alkyl Iodide Systems.”
In this study iodo derivatives, or organic compounds of various functional groups, will be prepared or purchased and reacted with methyl-, ethyl-, and phenylmagnesium chloride, and with n-butyllithium. The reaction products will be hydrolyzed with aqueous acid or other electrophilic reagents, and the nature of the products determined by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry. The purpose of this project is to discover routes to otherwise inaccessible organometallic reagents.