Recognizing Student Excellence, an Annual Affair
Posted: May 19, 2021
Awards night this year may have been different from previous years, but it surely didn’t disappoint.
Students, faculty, and administrators gathered on April 14th, 2021 for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry annual awards night- only this year it was different than most, due to current COVID-19 restrictions in the state of Utah. Instead of the typical awards night and dinner, individuals gathered via Zoom to be recognized by the department.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry wishes to congratulate the hardworking undergraduate and graduate students below for their consistent dedication to their studies, research, and to the chemistry community.
A very special thanks to our donors, whose endowed funds have made these awards possible.
2021 Undergraduate Student Awards
In honor of a former professor, chair, dean and associate vice president of the department, Eliot A. Butler, an annual service award is presented by the department each year. This year the department recognizes a student for his exceptional service to the lecture prep lab, his creation of video demonstrations to assist in remote teaching, and his consistency in showing initiative to help faculty and students deal with any pandemic related challenges.
- 2021 Recipient: Nathan Schank
The Keith P. Anderson Endowment funds many of the undergraduate awards. We thank him and his family for their generosity to the department and its students. These awards include, the Freshman Chemistry Major Award, the Freshman Chemistry Non-Major Award, the Analytical Chemistry Undergraduate Award, the ACS Organic Chemistry Major Award, the ACS Organic Chemistry Major Award, the Organic Chemistry Non-Major Award, the Chemistry Literature Award, the Physical Chemistry Award, the Biochemistry Major Award, the Biochemistry Non-Major Award, the Inorganic Chemistry Award, and the Analytical Chemistry Award.
- 2021 Recipients: Camryn Young, Brendan Stapley, Parker Nasman, Josh Daum, Derrick Bunn, Zac Jones, Matthew Teynor, Gabe Pinto, Ken Virgin, Brayden Tolman, Dallin Smith, and Daniel Hart
2021 Graduate Student Awards
The Loren and Maurine F. Bryner Fellowship, funded by Emeritus Professor Loren C. Bryner and Emeritus Faculty member of Food Science and Nutrition Maurine F. Bryner, helps to recognize advanced continuing graduate students.
- 2021 Recipients: Reuben Daas and Alexandra Larson
The Jennie R. Swensen Scholarship, named in honor of Dr. Albert D. Swensen and his lifetime of contributing to the department and in memory of his wife Jennie R. Swensen, recognizes three graduate students this year.
- 2021 Recipients: Daniel Call, Sara Soleimani, and Chloe Chan
The Telford and Frank Woolley Memorial Fellowship recognizes outstanding graduate students in research for cancer and other health related areas in memory of Telford Woolley, a physician who died from cancer, and his father Frank.
- 2021 Recipient: Teresa Smith
The Garth L. Lee Award, named after Professor Garth L. Lee, a past professor of chemistry at Utah State University, recognizes a continuing graduate student for religious commitment and service.
- 2021 Recipient: Aaron Zaugg
The J. Rex and Marcia A. Goates Research Fellowship, named in honor of Dr. Rex Goates and his wife, is awarded in gratitude for Dr. Goates’ service to the department as researcher, teacher, department dean and chair.
- 2021 Recipient: Yesman Akuoko
The Bradshaw Organic Fellowship recognizes an advanced organic chemistry graduate student for scholarship and achievement in research, named in honor of Jerald S. Bradshaw, an emeritus faculty member.
- 2021 Recipient: Kimberlee Stern
The Roland K. Robins Research Fellowship, named in honor of Dr. Roland K. Robins, recognizes outstanding graduate students for their academic achievements and research accomplishments.
- 2021 Recipient: Daniel Joaquin, Andrew Arslanian, Radhya Gamage, George Major, Hans Anderson, Chrissy Egbert, and Clayton Moss.
The Charles E. and Margaret P. Maw Fellowship annually recognizes an advanced chemistry graduate student for excellence in academics and research. It is named in honor of Charles E. Maw, the founding chair of the BYU Department of Chemistry. His wife Margaret P. Maw served the community as a teacher, school principal, and prominent civic leader.
- 2021 Recipient: Yiran Liang
Additional Awards 2021
Each year the Ida Tanner Hamblin Outstanding 3rd Year Female Chemist Award recognizes an outstanding female student in the chemistry department. Ida Tanner Hamblin was the first woman to take sufficient chemistry classes during her undergraduate years to qualify for a chemistry degree from BYU. As a means of honoring her, her husband Lawrence O. Hamblin established an endowment to the Chemistry Department in her honor.
- 2021 Recipient: Kaitlyn Mitchell
In honor of Keith P. Anderson, who was a professor of Chemistry at BYU for more than 35 years, the Keith P. Anderson Outstanding Graduating BS, MS, and PhD award recognizes students for their overall classroom performance, involvement in research and department citizenship.
- 2021 Recipients: Outstanding BS Graduate - Daniel Hart, Outstanding MS Graduate - Trevor Godfrey, and Outstanding PhD Graduate - Qiang Xiao