Department honors student award and fellowship recipients
Each September, the Department of Chemistry honors outstanding students, including those earning recognition for their work during the 2016-17 school year. This year's honorees including students receiving 2017-18 3rd-year Excellence Awards, outstanding teaching assistants and honorable mentions, and students earning 4.0 grade-point averages (GPA).
Our Excellence Awards are supported by corporate and individual donors. This year's endowed fellowship recipients are:
- Phillips 66—Jingyi Chen who is advised by Professor J. Ilja Siepmann
- Lester C. and Joan M. Krogh Endowed Fellowship—Anna Huff who is advised by Professor Kenneth Leopold
- Graham N. Gleysteen Fellowship—Amani Lee who is advised by professor Christy Haynes and William Pomerantz
- Wayland Noland Fellowship—Amy Ott who is advised by Professor Joseph Topczewski
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards
The 2016-17 Outstanding Teaching Assistant (TA) Award recipients are:
- Robert L. Ferm Outstanding Graduate TA Award—Kajari Bera (general chemistry), Annie Luke (organic), and Steve Underwood (life sciences);
- Robert C. Brasted Outstanding Undergraduate TA Award—Jerome Evenson.
Some of Kajari Bera’s general chemistry students wrote: “She’s always patient and willing to answer questions even if it takes an extensive period of time to answer and wants to make sure that everyone understands what they're doing. Very helpful whether it’s during lab or answering questions via email. I really appreciate that she told us her strictness on goggles is due to the fact that she genuinely cares about us and will not let us do anything that could potentially harm us. Favorite TA by far, and there needs to be more like her.”
Some of Jerome Evenson’s general chemistry students wrote: “My lab TA Jerome was bomb! You could tell Jerome really loves the material as well as his job. His knowledge on the topic was extensive. I always left lab with a better understanding of the purpose and methods of the experiment. He was also really good at making sure we thought on our own, and he did not just give us all the answers. Overall, Jerome was an outstanding TA.”
Some of Annie Luke’s organic chemistry students wrote: “She showed everyone respect and patience, and made lab one of my favorite classes with her upbeat attitude and personality. She was often making me think critically about the answers to truly understand the content and purpose; very patient with people, while at the same time not letting us push her around and take advantage of her kindness. Also, I remember her telling us to put on our goggles about 50 times each lab so she definitely practiced safety measures. Annie was instrumental in helping establish a close relationship between each student in our lab section, and she always participated in our section dressup days (“flannel Wednesdays"). Annie is basically the best TA I have ever had in my college career, awesome lady!”
Some of Steve Underwood’s Life Sciences students wrote: “Steve was an amazing TA! He successfully delivered clear expectations since the beginning and has gone above and beyond with ensuring our success in the lab. He has made the course extremely interesting and fun even despite my negative attitude towards learning the subject. He is also safety-conscious and makes sure we have our goggles on and don't leave gloves on when going into the hallway. The thing that makes him stand out is his constant engagement; when there are periods of just waiting in lab, he will begin to go through and reteach lecture.”
2016-17 teaching assistants who received honorable mentions are Sahil Arora, David Goldfield, Anna Huff, Alex Johnson, Alex Johnson, Matt Lemon, Isaac Prichett, Hussnain Sajjad, Xiao Xiao, Xuelan Wen, and Katelyn Youmans.
Angela Carlson and Colin Peterson were recognized for earning 4.0 GPAs during the 2016-17 school year.