Stuti Chatterjee has received the top award a graduating senior can receive at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock: the Edward L. Whitbeck Memorial Award.
A Donaghey Scholar, Chatterjee double-majored in chemistry and biology at UA Little Rock and is planning to attend medical school after taking a gap year to work and study for the Medical College Admission Test.
She is the 2021 recipient of the Whitbeck Memorial Award, and Chatterjee will receive a personalized plaque and a monetary award. The award was established by Frank L. and Beverly Whitbeck in honor of their son, Edward Lynn Whitbeck, who was a Little Rock University (the predecessor of UA Little Rock) senior when he died in 1965.
During her time at UA Little Rock, Chatterjee, who is from Bryant, received to Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship grants an three Signature Experience Awards to fund her research efforts. She worked with assistant professor of chemistry Dr. Noureen Siraj studying the use of nanodrugs on cancer cell therapies.
“I created a more non-invasive approach to treat cancer cells,” Chatterjee said in a statement. “Usually nanoparticles that are used to treat cancer are made out of gold. It works, but it’s very expensive. We are looking for organic elements that can be exchanged for gold in nanoparticles.”
Chatterjee also served on the Student Government Association at UA Little Rock.