Cole Townsend, a senior Biochemistry major, is the recipient of the 2016 Carl Albert Award; the Carl Albert Award is given to the most outstanding graduating senior from OU’s College of Arts and Sciences. Cole, a native of Ada, Oklahoma, has been an active undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Anthony Burgett in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since his freshmen year.
His undergraduate research focuses on understanding how the anti-cancer compound OSW-1 inhibits cancer cell proliferation through a novel mode of action, and Cole’s multi-disciplinary approach in investigating this research question has employed a combination of biological and analytical chemistry methods. Cole is completing an Honors thesis on his research project, and he has presented on his research in several different forums, including as a representative of OU at the Oklahoma State Capitol during the 2016 Oklahoma Research Day.
Cole is the recipient of many other awards and honors, including the Chris T. Undergraduate Research Fellowship, which is a privately supported fellowship in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry designed to support undergraduate researchers. Although originally entering OU as a pre-medical student, Cole is now fully committed to a professional future as a biomedical researcher. He is planning on starting his graduate school studies at the extremely prestigious International Max Planck Research School for Molecular Biology at the University of Göttingen, Germany, which is a program that brings together the best and brightest scientific talents from across the world.