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Chemistry Student Awards

Each year during the winter semester, the faculty members of the Chemistry Department choose outstanding students to receive the awards described below.

General Chemistry Award – The general chemistry awards will recognize students who show excellence in general chemistry.  Every instructor who teaches CHM 115 and CHM 116 (both fall/winter sections) during the academic year will have the opportunity to nominate three students per section for this award.  The Student Affairs Committee will then choose any students whose names appear on both the CHM 115 list and the CHM 116 list and give awards to those students. Names submitted from winter CHM 115 will be used with the following fall CHM 116 courses.

Organic Chemistry Award – This award recognizes the top students from the CHM 241/242 sequence. Instructors teaching CHM 241 and CHM 242 (both fall and winter) during the academic year will have the opportunity to nominate up to two (2) students per section for this award. The Student Affairs Committee will then choose any students whose names appear on both the CHM 241 and CHM 242 lists. Names submitted from winter CHM 241 will be used with the following fall CHM 242 courses.

Organic Chemist Award (ACS Poly-Ed Award) – This award recognizes a student that excels in the majors organic chemistry sequence (CHM 245/246/247/248). The student must be a declared chemistry major and have completed the CHM 245-248 sequence by the end of the academic year.  The student is selected by the instructors for these courses.

Analytical Chemist Award – This award is given to a declared chemistry major that is outstanding in CHM 222 and CHM 225.  The student must have completed CHM 225 by the end of the current academic year.  The analytical Chemistry faculty will select the awardee from the best students meeting the above criteria based upon chemistry GPA.

ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award – This award is given to a chemistry major that has excelled in CHM 471.  In the event that more than one student has been identified, performance in CHM 372 will also be considered.  The Inorganic Chemistry faculty will select the awardee based on the above criteria.

Physical Chemist Award – The physical chemistry award will recognize a student who shows excellence in physical chemistry.  The winner of this award will be a student who has shown high performance in terms of grades and dedication in CHM 356, CHM 358, CHM 353, and either CHM 355 or CHM 455.

Biochemistry Award – This award is given to a chemistry major that has excelled in CHM 461, CHM 462 and 463.  The student must have completed CHM 463 by the end of the current academic year.  Biochemistry faculty will select the awardee based on the above criteria.

Senior Chemical Education Award – This award is given to a Chemical education major, typically a graduating senior.  The Chemical Education faculty will select the awardee from the best students meeting the above criteria.

American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Award – This award is given to the senior chemistry major who meets all or most of the criteria for the Outstanding Senior Award.  The Chemistry faculty will select the awardee from the eligible students.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award – In order to be eligible, a chemistry major must show outstanding skills, motivation, and progress in undergraduate research.  This award is reserved for students that display exceptional abilities to a) thoroughly understand their research project, b) think critically and creatively in the research processes, c) work independently, and d) make significant progress in their research.  In addition to participating in multiple CHM 499 and/or summer research opportunities, this student should also demonstrate their ability to disseminate their work to the scientific community either at regional/national conferences or through publications.  Nominations for the award will be submitted by the students’ research advisors in the form of a written research activity summary.  The award winner(s) will then be selected by the Student Affairs Committee. 

Outstanding Service Award – This award will be given to a chemistry major who has made significant contributions in service to the department.  Nominations for the award will be solicited from the department and other service related areas, and should include a summary statement of the student’s service record.  Service obligations may include stockroom duties, tutoring for MS3, serving as an SLA, Chemistry Club involvement, community outreach, etc.  The award winner(s) will then be selected by the Student Affairs Committee.

Outstanding Senior Award – In order to be eligible, a senior, presenting in CHM 491 this academic year, must be a declared chemistry major and have an overall GPA of 3.5 or greater.  The Chemistry faculty will select the awardee from the eligible students based upon the following criteria: research participation, service to the department (including tutoring, grading, and stockroom assistance, extracurricular activities, (especially chemistry related activities such as Chemistry Club, Science Olympiad, etc.), general attitude, enthusiasm, interest, and cooperation.