Tew Research Group

Tew Awards

  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows, Jan 2014
  • ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry, Distinguished Service Award in Recognition of For Creating and Establishing the "Special Plenary Session" held at the ACS National Meetings, Sep 2013
  • ACS Polymer Division Fellow, 2013
  • Honorable Speaker, Polymer Science Lecture Series, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Polymer Competence Center, Leoben GmbH (PCCL), Austria
  • Member, Faculty 1000, Macromolecular Chemistry Section
  • ACS Polymer Chemistry Division Chair-Elect
  • ACS Polymer Chemistry Division Vice-Chair
  • ACS Divsion of Polymer Chemistry, 2010 Polymer Division Fellow
  • Member, Defense Sciences Study Group (DSSG) for Institute for Defense Analyses (DARPA)
  • American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry: 2010 Polymer Division Fellow
  • Invited Lectureship, Jeffery Lectures, University of South Wales, Australia
  • Invited Global Center of Excellence Educator, Kyoto University, Japan
  • American Chemical Society Polymer Division 2007: Herman F. Mark Young Scholar Award
  • IUPAC-MACRO International Samsung Young Polymer Scientist Award
  • Selected member of NSF-MEXT U.S.-Japan Young Faculty Exchange in BioNanoTechnology
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • DuPont Young Faculty Grant
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator
  • Army Research Office Young Investigator
  • 3M Untenured Faculty Award
  • American Chemical Society-Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship
  • Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology Research Fellowship
  • R. C. Fuson Award for Outstanding Graduate Research
  • Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Hypercube Scholar – Outstanding Academic Senior
  • Robert Proctor Undergraduate Research Scholarship
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Travel Award - American Chemical Society

Tew Research Group – Awards

Leah Caffrey Undergraduate
Joel Sarapas Ph.D. Candidate
  • Will present his paper "Phase Behavior and Li+ Ion Conductivity of Styrene-Ethylene Oxide Multiblock Copolymer Electrolytes," at the ACS Annual Fall Meeting in Boston, MA, August 2015.
Coralie Backlund Ph.D. Candidate
  • Awarded a Fulbright Student Scholarship to study in Denmark for 10 months with Professor Thomas Andresen of the Technical University of Denmark beginning in Fall of 2015.
Brittany deRonde Ph.D. Candidate
  • Presented her poster "Building New Protein Mimics for siRNA Delivery," at the ACS Annual Spring Meeting, Denver, CO, March 2015.
E. Ilker Ozay Ph.D. Candidate
  • Invited to AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, CA, sponsored by Catalent, Inc., November 2014.
Brittany deRonde Ph.D. Candidate
  • Oral presentation at PSE's Fall Polymer Event, "Using Polymer Design to Build New Protein Mimics for Delivery," October 2014.
E. Ilker Ozay Ph.D. Candidate
  • First place winner and one of five U.S. and international students chosen as winners of the 3rd Annual Global Academic Competition for Life Science Leaders of Tomorrow sponsored by The Catalent Applied Drug Delivery Institute and American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). Winners each received $2,000 and annual membership to the AAPS. Ilker's prize-winning entry is entitled: "Slipping Through the Blood Brain Barrier with Cell Penetrating Peptide Mimics," June 2014. 
Brittany deRonde Ph.D. Candidate
  • Presented her poster "Polymeric Cell Penetrating Peptide Mimics for siRNA Delivery," at the Drug Carriers for Medicine and Biology Gordon Research Conference in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, August 17-22, 2014. Brittany was also awarded a Graduate School Travel Grant to attend the conference.
Coralie Backlund & Joel Sarapas Ph.D. Candidates
  • Traveled to Japan from June-August 2014 as participants with the NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) where they collaborated with scientists and learned about Japanese society, culture and language. 
Tammy Van Undergraduate
Brittany deRonde Ph.D. Candidate
  • Presented poster at Models to Medicine Symposium, UMass Amherst, May, 2014.
E. Ilker Ozay

Ph.D. Candidate

  • Awarded Best Poster Presentation at the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Graduate Program Retreat, Spring 2014, for his poster "α-pPKC-θ (T538) Delivery via Cell Penetrating Peptide Mimics as a Novel Treatment of Aplastic Anemia." This poster was also presented at the 4th Annual International Bone Marrow Failure Disease Symposium, Rockville, MD, March 2014, 5th Annual Research Retreat, UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Worcester, MA, May 2014 and the Models to Medicine Symposium, UMass Amherst, May 2014.
Brittany deRonde Ph.D. Candidate
  • Presented her poster "Cell Penetrating Peptide Mimics Based on Guanidine-rich ROMP Polymers," at the Polymers Gordon Research Conference and Seminar, Mount Holyoke, MA, June 2013.
E. Ilker Ozay Ph.D. Candidate
  • "Efficienct Intracellular Delivery of EGFP into Jurkat T-Cells using Protein Transduction Domain Mimics," presented at the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Spring Poster Symposium, UMass Amherst, January 2013.
E. Ilker Ozay Ph.D. Candidate
  • Oral presentation at Annual Life Science Research Graduate Symposium, UMass Amherst, "α-pPKC-θ (T538) Delivery via Cell Penetrating Peptide Mimics as a Novel Treatment of Aplastic Anemia," 2013.
Katie Gibney, Cathy Walker & Yongping Zha Ph.D. Candidates
  • Awarded an ACS POLY Division Student Travel Award to attend the IUPAC MACRO 2012: World Polymer Congress at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, June 2012.

Katie Gibney & Cathy Walker

Ph.D. Candidates
  • Recipients of a MRSEC Travel Award to attend and present at the 2012 Fall ACS Meeting.  Katie's presentation was entitled "Evaluation of ROMP-based Zwitterionic Surfaces for Nonfouling Applications" and Cathy presented "Lithium Ion-conducting, Thiolene-based Networks." 
Melissa Lackey Ph.D. Candidate
  • Recipient of the TA Instruments Graduate Student Presentation Award, 2012.
Brittany deRonde Ph.D. Candidate
  • Oral presentation "Novel Cell Penetrating Peptide Mimics," at CBI Program Chalk Talk, UMass Amherst, January 2012
Brittany deRonde Ph.D. Candidate
  • Recipient of the Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Progam Pre-doctoral Training Grant from the NIH, a 2 year fellowship, January 2012-2014.
Michael Lis Ph.D. Candidate
  • Recipient of the ICE IGERT Fellowship for 2011-2012.
Semra Colak Ph.D. Candidate
  • Selected from 100 applicants to present her work at the Graduate Research Symposium, Boston College, July 2010.
Semra Colak Ph.D. Candidate
  • Best Poster Award for "ROMP-Based Zwitterionic Polymers Carrying Dual Functionality," Polymers Gordon Research Seminar, June 2009.
Dr. Karen Lienkamp Post-Doc
  • Recipient of The Medical and Ludcke Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for her project entitled "Nanotechnology for the Fight Against Multiple Resistant Bacteria: Self-Cleaning, Cell-Selective Antibacterial Surfaces for Medical Devices," July 2009.
Dr. Raja Shunmugam Post-Doc
  • Invited to participate in the 1st NSF-sponsored U.S.-India Nano Science Institute (UINSEI), Chennai, India, 2008.
  • Invited to participate in the STIPOMAT Conference in Les Diablerets, Switzerland, October 2007.
Naomi Sanabria-DeLong Ph.D. Candidate
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) NanoVenture Competition Finalist, Honolulu, HI, September 2006.
  • UMass Technology Innovation Challenge Finalist, May 2006.
  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) awarded from the National Science Foundation (NSF), July 2005-August 2007.
  • Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Traineeship from the National Institute of Health (NIH), August 2004-July 2005.
Jeff Dabkowski Masters Candidate
  • 21st Century Scholar, awarded by the UMass Alumni Association for  demonstration of excellence in academics, character, and service, May 2007.
Ticora Jones

Ph.D. Candidate


  • Offered, but declined, an NIH Doctoral Fellowship in order to accept a Ford Doctoral Fellowship, December 2007.