Nicole Snyder – RCSA COVID-19 Initiative Grant

The Office of Grants and Contracts congratulates Associate Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Research and Creativity, Nicole Snyder, on a COVID-19 Initiative grant awarded by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA).

Professor Snyder and Research Assistant Joyelle Newton ’15 employ the state-of-the-art CombiFlash automated chromatography system at right to separate compounds.

RCSA awarded $55,000 to each of seven research teams selected for the COVID-19 Initiative: Detecting and Mitigating Epidemics. Professor Snyder was awarded for the project titled “Glycomimetics for Inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 Entry” (27368), with collaborators Mario Schelhaas, of Westfälische Wilhelms University, Münster, Germany,  and Laura Hartmann of Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany. 

In addition to the significance of the award, Professor Snyder is the only principal investigator from a primarily undergraduate institution awarded this highly competitive grant. 

Professor Snyder actively involves her students in her research and has several other current external awards that provide students with training in carbohydrate chemistry, polymer chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, and biochemical and biophysical techniques that enhance their education and prepare them for a competitive international workforce.

Professor Snyder’s grants include: an NIH AREA (R15GM119067) in collaboration with the University of South Carolina Upstate; an NSF RUI (1708546) that has supported the development of a course in Glycomics; and an NSF IRES (1854028) that engages Davidson students in an international cohort research experience at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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