McCoy Family Fellowship

The McCoy Family Fellowship for Women in Chemistry and Business was established through a generous gift by Sheri and Terence McCoy to help build the pipeline of women scientists with business acumen and to expose women PhD students in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology to business as they pursue their research.

Goals and fellowship description: The goal of the McCoy Family Fellowship is to prepare women who will represent the next generation of innovators in science and industry. Recipients will be encouraged to take a minimum of two business courses during their first two years of study. Recipients also will be offered mentorship and guidance from existing networks at the University, including Rutgers Women in Science and the programs of the Institute for Women’s Leadership and the Rutgers Business School.

Business course offerings and descriptions can be found at the following link.

Selection Process: The Vice Chair of the Graduate Program will select fellowship recipients among full-time female graduate students. Up to four fellowships will be awarded each year and may be renewed for one year, provided that the student maintains eligibility.

dardir2015 Recipient: Kholud Dardir graduated from Rutgers with honors in 2011, earning her degree in Chemistry. After graduation, she worked at Pfizer, Inc. for three years before returning to Rutgers to pursue her PhD. She currently works in Dr. KiBum Lee’s laboratory developing novel nanoparticles for biomedical applications. She would like to obtain a career in academia as a professor so she can both teach and continue her research.




Manasi Pethe2013 Recipient: Manasi Pethe, B. Pharm. (2011), University of Mumbai began pursuing her Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology in Dr. Sagar Khare’s laboratory focusing on modeling the biophysical basis of protease specificity. With the support of the McCoy Family fellowship, Manasi plans to obtain her Ph.D. from Rutgers, in 2017 and use the modeling acumen she gains to further the understanding of therapeutically relevant biochemical systems.





Pingcheng Chu and Allison Faig r2012 Recipients: Allison Faig and Pingcheng Chu (left to right in picture)