Samuel Blass of Paramus, a chemistry major at Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College, is one of four scholars chosen as a 2008 winner of the first annual Henry Kressel Research Scholarship, established to perpetuate YU’s student research community.
Henry Kressel, managing director of Warburg Pincus and a Yeshiva College graduate, funded the program with the goal of expanding student-faculty research at YU.
Blass, who is researching how proteins crystallize, was one of only four students across the country selected to NASA’s undergraduate student research program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He is being mentored by Dr. Neer Asherie, YC assistant professor of physics and biology.
The scholarship provides a stipend of $7,500 for the academic year, with additional grant monies available for travel or research support. Academic mentors to the scholars also receive a $2,000 grant to offset costs of supervising the student’s research. Recipients are expected to spend at least one intensive summer and academic year on the project. Following their research tenure, Kressel Scholars will lead student sessions publicizing their work.