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The University of Delaware has awarded Christopher Incarvito ’97 the 35th annual Skinner award. The $2,000 prize is awarded to a student for outstanding performance in scholarship, research, teaching, or other service at the university.

A chemistry graduate, Incarvito earned a master’s and Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from University of Delaware and now serves as an instrumentation specialist in the department of chemistry at Yale University.

At Lafayette, Incarvito conducted hands-on research with Joseph Sherma, then Larkin Professor of Chemistry.

“Professor Sherma taught me how to think like a scientist,” says Incarvito. “I learned how to think independently, how to propose experiments and correctly analyze data. The small classes at Lafayette allowed me to develop intellectual and personal relationships with the faculty and other chemistry majors, as well as remain inquisitive and competitive at the same time.”

At Delaware, Incarvito worked with Professor Arnold Rheingold, a leader in the field of X-ray crystallography, examining solid-state structures of alkali-metal phosphides.

“It was rewarding to work with Dr. Rheingold since he is a leader in the field,” says Incarvito. “I learned many advanced instrument techniques and had an opportunity to collaborate with researchers from universities across the country.”

Incarvito is credited with over 60 publications in a variety of journals, including Inorganic Chemistry and Journal of the American Chemical Society. He is a member of American Chemical Society and American Crystallographic Association.

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