UM Graduate Student Earns Two Fellowships to Conduct Research in France

September 28, 2017

Asia RielMISSOULA – University of Montana chemistry graduate student Asia Riel has received a STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship. The Fellowship, offered by the Embassy of France in the United States, allows doctoral students from the U.S. to conduct research in France for up to nine months.

Riel’s research in UM Professor Orion Berryman’s lab is focused on producing halogen bonding organic molecules for anion recognition and organocatalysis. In France, Riel will study electrochemistry and crystallography in Professor Marc Fourmigué’s lab at Université de Rennes 1.

In addition to the Chateaubriand Fellowship, Riel received another fellowship from the Rennes Métropole, which funds foreign doctoral students to conduct research in Rennes. Combined, these fellowships will initiate an international collaboration between the Berryman and Fourmigué labs.

Riel graduated from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a bachelor’s in chemistry and a minor in French. She started her Ph.D. program at UM later that year.

“I never thought I would be able to combine chemistry and French,” Riel said. “These fellowships will help start an international collaboration, while fulfilling a lifelong dream of living in France. I’m so grateful for this opportunity.”

Contact: Orion Berryman, UM professor, 406-243-4022,