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Dr. Rose K. Rose (center) with Professor Jerry Koeppl, former Executive Officer of Chemistry, and former Graduate Center President Frances Horowitz at the establishment of the Rose K. Rose Award.


Rose Kfar Rose Dissertation Award

The Rose K. Rose Dissertation Award is available to Chemistry doctoral students in their last year of studies. Students that apply to the Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowship competition are considered for the Rose K. Rose award and selected by the program’s Executive Officer, in consultation with the Executive Committee.

Winners of the Rose Kfar Rose Dissertation Award

Nasim Farahmand
Prof. Stephen O'Brien (City College of New York)
Investigation of Potential Multiferroicity in Nanoscale Europium Barium Titanate
Ido Levy
Prof. Maria Tamargo (City College of New York)
Growth of III-V Semiconductors on 3D Topological Insulators (TIs) and III-V/TI Multi-layers by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

Alex Berkowitz
Prof. Ryan Murelli (Brooklyn College)
New Strategies for Tropolone Synthesis and their Application Towards Chemical Probe Development

Frederick Pearsall
Prof. Stephen O'Brien (City College of New York)
Synthesis and Characterization of Multiferroic Nanoparticle Oxides

​Niluksha Walalawela Abeykoon
Prof. Alexander Greer (Brooklyn College)
Generation of Reactive Oxygen Species with Multi-compartmented Particles

Silvio Panettieri
Prof. George John (City College of New York)
Development of novel naturally-based drugs for the study of inflammation and related molecular phenomena’.

Bonnie Kruft
Prof. Andrzej Jarzecki (Brooklyn College)
Computational Studies on the Formation of the Methionine-Tyrosine-Tryptophan Cross-link in the Catalase-Peroxidase KatG.

Syed Islam
Prof. John Lombardi (The City College)
Enhancement of Raman Signals from GaAs and CdTe Semiconductors with Coupled Resonances

Philipa Njau
Prof. Michael Green (The City College)

Mateusz  Marianski
Prof. Joseph Dannenberg (Hunter College)
Aqueous Solvation of Protein Secondary Structures: Density Functional Theory Study

Yixian Wang          
Prof. Michael Mirkin (Queens College)             
Nanoelectrochemical Sensors for Kinetic Measurements and Electroanalytical Chemistry

Yuanxi Liao
Prof. Qiao-Sheng Hu (College of Staten Island)   
Development of Highly Efficient Transition Metal-Catalyzed Addition Reactions

Jing Jing
Prof. Lynn Francesconi (Hunter College)
Europium Reduction and Lanthanide Coordination in Polyoxometalates

Feng Wang
Prof. David Mootoo (Hunter College)
Synthetic and Biological Studies of the Tetrahydrofuran Containing Acetogenins: The Renowned anti-Cancer Natural Products

Ravi Shankar Lankalapalli
Prof. Robert Bittman (Queens College)
Synthesis of Sphingosine Analogs

Francois Laforge
Prof. Michael Mirkin (Queens College)
Nanoelectrochemistry of Liquid/Liquid Interfaces and Biomembranes

Xiaohua Li
Prof. David Mootoo (Hunter College)
Total Synthesis of ABCD Ring Segment of Marine Biotoxin Azaspiracid

Lingtao Yu
Prof. Hiroshi Matsui (Hunter College)
Synthesis of Inorganic Nanowires by Using Peptide Nanotubes as the Templates via Biologic Recognition

Nuerxiati Nuerjai 
Prof. Hiroshi Matsui (Hunter College)
Biomimetric Bottom-Up Assembly of Nanomaterials and their Applications as Nanoreactors

Xuequan Lu
Prof. Robert Bittman (Queens College)
Novel Syntheses of Sphingolipids
Cheng Zhang
Prof. Lynn Francesconi (Hunter College)
Synthesis, Speciation, and Applications of Lanthanide Polyoxometalates: Versatile Nanostructured Building Blocks

Yi He
Prof. David C. Locke (Queens College)
Arsenic Speciation Analysis in Environmental and Food Samples and Investigation of Sulfide in Groundwater

About the Rose Kfar Rose Dissertation Award

At The Graduate Center’s 40th anniversary celebration in March 2002, Professor Rose K. Rose was inspired by President Horowitz’s remarks and impressed by the new campus. Rose, who earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from The Graduate Center in 1976, decided to make a gift of two $5,000 scholarships to be awarded over the next two years. Rose continued the gifts over the subsequent years until 2008, when her daughter, Dr. Esther Rose, established an endowment that will allow the Rose Kfar Rose Scholarship to continue in perpetuity, in memory of her mother.

Professor Rose was born in Lvov, Poland and survived the Holocaust as a “Hidden Child”, although most of her family was killed. Prior to being deported, her parents were able to obtain false identity papers and placed her in the care of Krystyna Moskalik, a courageous Polish teacher who lived near Krakow.  Krystyna undertook this dangerous task knowing that “Janka” (aka Rose) was Jewish, but able to pass as Polish.  During the Nazi occupation, Poles were permitted only to attend elementary school. Krystyna and other teachers organized “underground and clandestine” courses, in which Rose participated.

In January 1945, she was liberated by the Soviet army and moved to the city of Krakow to continue her education. A special commission had been established to examine all students in Poland who had studied in secret “underground and clandestine” courses at the high school level. As one of those students Rose passed a grueling (15-day) examination (the so-called Little Matura), covering all subjects studied over the 4 years of high school or Gymnazium. At the same time that the 3-week examination was administered, Rose started attending a Special Program of Accelerated Lyceum Studies for Adults in mathematics and the physical sciences. She completed the 2-year course of study in a little over 12 months!

Rose attended Jagiellonian University in Krakow until she left Poland on June 26, 1946. Between September 1946 and January 1948 Rose lived in Cuba where she attended the American Academy of Commerce, improving her English and learning how to work in an office. On her arrival in New York in January, 1948, she spoke 8 languages and knew stenography, typing, filing, and other useful business skills. She became a secretary by day and enrolled in evening classes at Hunter College. In her last semester, she was finally able to afford to stop working and be a full time student. She met her future husband Alfred (Fred) Rose at a Hunter College dance.

Rose received her BA in Chemistry from Hunter College in 1950, an MS in Organic Chemistry from Purdue University in 1951, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1976 from The Graduate Center. She taught in the Department of Physical Sciences at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY until 1996.