Students Recognized at Annual Awards Banquet
Posted: May 03, 2011
A wide array of students and faculty as well as a few staff members gathered in the Garden Court of the Wilkinson Center on April 7 for the 2011 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s annual awards banquet.
Department Chair, Dr. Greg Burton, opened the evening by welcoming the graduating students in attendance.
“You’re certainly celebrating a marvelous accomplishment,” Dr. Burton said.
Graduate student Brian Anderson gave the invocation and blessing on the food, which was prepared and served by BYU Catering.
Following the meal, Dr. Burton began the awards with a special recognition of graduating undergraduate student Brandon Gassaway, who just received a prestigious fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The announcement and distribution of more than 25 awards to more awardees followed, including recognitions of top presenters in chemistry sections of the Spring Research Conference, and multiple scholastic and chemistry excellence awards. Amy Felsted and Aaron Pulsipher were recognized as Keith P. Anderson Outstanding Graduating Seniors.
“We have so many great students we couldn’t decide, so there are two,” Dr. Burton explained.
By Jessica Henrie
Photos by Alexis Hale
STUDENT AWARDS 2011
Spring Research Conference Section Winners
Recognizes the top presenters in chemistry sections of the Spring Research Conference.
|Debolina Chatterjee||Joel Everett|
|Taylor Cline||Jared Hancock|
|Garrett Edmunds||Marie Killian|
|Corey Ellis||Rebecca Plimpton|
|KC Erb||Chris Woolstenhulme|
ACS Analytical Chemistry Junior Award: Cy Credille
Recognizes an outstanding junior student with exceptional aptitude in analytical chemistry.
Catalyst Club Award: Katherine Elizabeth Redd
Recognizes an outstanding female junior student in chemistry or biochemistry. This award is sponsored by the Catalyst Club, an association of women who are current or emeritus members of the department or spouses of current or emeritus members.
Undergraduate Student Awards
Freshman Chemistry Major Award: Sadie Hirschi and Kurt Leininger
Freshman Chemistry Non-Major Award: Meredith Gaufin
Recognizes an outstanding student in the General Chemistry 111/112 sequence (majors) and an outstanding student in the 105/106/107 sequence (non-majors).
Organic Chemistry Major Award: Matthew Nielsen
Organic Chemistry Non-Major Award: Micah Turney
Recognizes an outstanding student in the Organic Chemistry 351M/352M sequence (majors) and an outstanding student in the 351/352 sequence (non-majors).
Chemistry Literature Award: Katie Andrus Pulsipher
Recognizes an outstanding student in Chemistry 391.
Hypercube Scholar Award: Matt Winterton
Recognizes an outstanding student for scholastic excellence in chemistry.
Physical Chemistry Award: Jacob Hedelius
Recognizes an outstanding student in the Physical Chemistry 462/463 sequence.
Biochemistry Award: Steven Kearnes
Recognizes an outstanding student in the Biochemistry 481M/482M sequence.
Analytical Chemistry Award: Sara Nielson
Recognizes an outstanding student in the Analytical Chemistry 521/523 sequence.
Inorganic Chemistry Award: Aaron Pulsipher
Recognizes an outstanding student in the Inorganic Chemistry 514/518 sequence.
Eliot A. Butler Service Award: Sam Matthews
Recognizes a student who has provided significant service to the department while maintaining a high performance in course work and professional activities. This award is named in honor of Eliot A. Butler who was a former professor, chair, dean and associate vice president.
James A. and Virginia S. Ott Undergraduate Research Award: Thomas Cook
Recognizes a student for academic achievement and potential for success in research. This award is named in honor of James A. and Virginia S. Ott who were master teachers.
Glenda L.M. Harr Undergraduate Research Award: Nathan Bushman
Recognizes a student with enthusiasm for chemistry and potential for success in research. This award is named in honor of the mother of an outstanding undergraduate teaching assistant who spent countless hours tutoring the donor of this award.
Keith P. Anderson Outstanding Graduating Seniors: Amy Felsted and Aaron Pulsipher
Recognizes outstanding graduating senior(s) for overall scholarship and professionalism and classroom performance. This award is named in honor of Keith P. Anderson, a physical chemist who taught at BYU for more than 35 years.
Graduate Student Awards
Loren & Maurine F. Bryner Award
Recognizes advanced continuing graduate students. This award is in honor of Loren C. Bryner, professor of chemistry for 38 years, and Maurine F. Bryner, a faculty member of Food Science and Nutrition.
|Zhiwei Ma||Jie Xuan|
|Elisabeth Pound||Fan Yang|
Jennie R. Swensen Award:Vinod Chaudhary and Chris Woolstenhulme
Recognizes advanced continuing graduate chemistry or biochemistry students. This award is named to honor Dr. Albert D. Swensen and his lifetime of contributions to the department and in memory of his wife, Jennie Romney Swensen.
Telford and Frank Woolley Memorial Research Award: Chad Rogers
Recognizes outstanding students who are conducting significant research in cancer or in other health-related areas. This award is named in honor of Telford Woolley, a physician who passed away prematurely due to cancer. When his father died, his name was added to the award.
Garth L. Lee Award: Brian Anderson
Recognizes an outstanding continuing graduate student for religious commitment, service and scholarship. This fellowship is named in honor of Professor Garth L. Lee, who was a professor of chemistry at Utah State University for many years.
Outstanding Graduating Ph.D. Student: Stacey Smith
Graduate Research Fellowships
Stanley & Leona Goates Fellowship - 20 hr. assistantship for Spring and Summer 2011: Chad Jones
Recognizes an advanced chemistry graduate student for outstanding scholarship and achievement in research. This award is named in honor of Stanley and Leona Goates, the parents of Dr. J. Rex Goates, professor of chemistry emeritus, and grandparents of Steven R. Goates, professor of chemistry.
BYU Graduate Studies Fellowship (formerly Alumni Gifts Fellowships) - stipend of ½ of a graduate assistantship: Na Li
Recognizes students for excellent scholastic records and progress toward completion of graduate degrees.
Bradshaw Organic Chemistry Fellowship - 10 hour research assistantship: Mark Acerson
Recognizes an advanced organic chemistry graduate student for scholarship and achievement in research. This award is named in honor of Jerald S. Bradshaw, an outstanding emeritus faculty member.
Roland K. Robins Fellowships - 20 hour research assistantship plus a cash award
Recognizes outstanding graduate students for outstanding scholarship and promise in research. These awards were created to honor Dr. Roland K. Robins, who was world-renowned for his creativity and activity in the syntheses of new medicinal compounds.
|Pankaj Aggarwal||Jadd Shelton|
|Taylor Cline||Chris Tracy|
Charles E. & Margaret P. Maw Fellowship - 20 hour research assistantship plus a cash award:Mickey Miller
Recognizes an advanced chemistry graduate student for outstanding scholarship and achievement in research. This award is named in honor of Charles E. Maw, who was the founding chair of what is now the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He remained chair from 1907 to 1946. Margaret P. Maw was a teacher, school principal and prominent civic leader.
Undergraduate Research Awards
Given by department - award is $1500 for wages to do research during Spring and Summer 2011.
|Curtis Allred||Benjamin Kwok|
|Kevin Wayne Ames||Matthew Jon Lelegren|
|Neil Anderson||Aman Makaju|
|Patrick Berg||Derek Manwaring|
|Jeff Clegg||Jacob Marx|
|Cy Credille||Sam Matthews|
|Terik Daly||Eliza Meeks|
|Daniel Dayton||Lindsey Mills|
|Michael Devonas||LaMoyne Tyler Mix|
|Alisa Edmund||Bradley Naylor|
|Corey Ellis||Teressa Paulsen|
|KC Erb||Trevor Pugh|
|Joel Everett||William Rankin|
|Matthew Halbert||Kevin Teuscher|
|Jacob Hedelius||Brendan Tobler|
|Makena Hinrichs||Michael S. Webb|
|Dan Jack||Jonathan P. Wright|