Awards

Many scholarships and awards are presented through the Department of Chemistry each year. Award recipients are selected by the Undergraduate Program Committee during the spring semester and the awards are presented and the recipients recognized at the Department of Chemistry's Awards and Recognition Ceremony. All interested Chemistry majors and intended majors are encouraged to apply. 

A call for applications for Undergraduate Awards and for Outstanding Senior Awards in Chemistry is sent out each year. 

Scholarships

  • The Gabriel R. Cipau Scholarship is funded through the Dr. Gabriel R. Cipau Chemistry Scholarship Fund established by the friends and family of Dr. Cipau, a 1974 Masters graduate of the Department of Chemistry and former president of Catalytica Pharmaceuticals. The scholarship recognizes outstanding chemistry majors and/or sophomore intended majors. Criteria include academic merit (GPA of at least 3.00) and future potential as a student of chemistry. The recipient for 2018 is Chase Neese! Congratulations!

  • The Phil and Linda Hodges Scholarship is a generous gift from the Hodges family.  Mr. Phil Hodges is an alumnus of our department, a successful entrepreneur, and a longtime supporter of our chemistry majors and our community. 

  • The Dr. Donald F. Clemens Scholarship is funded through the Donald F. Clemens Chemistry Enrichment Fund honoring Dr. Clemens, a long-time faculty member of the Department of Chemistry in the area of inorganic chemistry. This scholarship recognizes outstanding achievement by a chemistry major. Congratulations to the 2018 recipients, Mason Gold and Alison Moller!

  • The Dr. Keith and Susan Holmes Scholarship is awarded from an endowment established by Dr. Holmes and his wife, Susan. Dr. Holmes received his BS degree from East Carolina University and is a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, following a long and distinguished career in the pharmaceutical industry. Criteria include academic merit (GPA of at least 3.00), extracurricular activities, and leadership potential. Our very deserving 2018 recipients are Samuel Lindsay and Oluwatoke Lojede!

  • The Dr. Robert C. Lamb Scholarship was established by Dr. Lamb, the former chair of the ECU Department of Chemistry. It is awarded to students who have a focus on chemistry and a record of high achievement in their classes.

  • The Dr. S. Thomas and Wanda A. Jones Scholarship was kindly established by Dr. Jones, an alumnus of the ECU Department of Chemistry, to support chemistry majors.  Our award winner in 2018 is Hanna Kosnik!

  • The Dr. Chia-yu Li Undergraduate Scholarship was established by friends, students, and colleagues of Dr. Li in recognition of his dedication, devotion, and service to the Department of Chemistry and the University as a faculty member since 1973 and in his role as department chair for 17 years. The award recognizes a rising junior or senior chemistry major having a GPA of at least 3.5 and intending to pursue an advanced degree in a chemistry-related field or to pursue a chemistry-related career. Congratulations to our recipients Susan Kennedy, Meghan Lower, Amy Musgrave, and Kristin Tyson!

  • The Franklin Kizer Scholarship was established by Mr. Kizer and recognizes outstanding achievement by a chemistry major. Our 2018 Kizer scholarship winner is Victoria Preston!

  • The Joseph N. LeConte Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends of the late Dr. LeConte, an ECU chemistry faculty member for many years. It is awarded to a full-time student who is at least a junior, is a chemistry, pre-medical or pre-dental major, and has a GPA of at least 3.00.  The award winner for 2018 is Caitlin Palmer!

  • The Dr. David C. Lunney Memorial Scholarship was given by his students in appreciation for his valuable mentoring. Dr. Lunney was a member of the faculty of the Department of Chemistry, specializing in physical chemistry. This scholarship was awarded to John Winslow for 2018.

  • The Charles Connor Scholarship - Dr. Charles Connor, passed away in 1989 and graduated from ECU with a science education degree in 1949 and lived in Scottsdale, AZ toward the end of his life. This scholarship was awarded to Anna O'Brien for 2018.

  • The Glen and Fran Ross Scholarship - Established in honor of Glen (BA in Chemistry from ECU in 1958) and Fran Ross. Glen Ross also received his masters from UNC-CH and is retired for the NC Department of Environment and Conservation. Frances Turner Ross graduated from UNCG Women's College in 1956 with a BS in Chemistry and went on to earn her master's degree from UNC-CH. She worked twelve years as a bench chemist and twenty years in the public schools. This scholarship was awarded to Nethusan Sivanesan and Cayla Wilson for 2018.

Senior Awards

  • We are pleased to recognize our outstanding seniors in chemistry.  Criteria include demonstrated scholastic excellence and potential for a productive career in chemistry. The Class of 2018 award winners are Vivian Holt, Elizabeth Lafave, and Cameron Worthington.

  • The Department of Chemistry also recognizes senior chemistry majors nominated for The Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award, sponsored by the ECU Alumni Association. The award is designed to be the most prestigious award presented to seniors during annual commencement exercises and recognizes academic achievement, service to the university and community, and leadership qualities.  The Department of Chemistry is extremely pleased to announce our nominee, K'Shylah Whitehurst! Congratulations!

Academic Divisional Awards

  • The Outstanding Undergraduate Award in Physical Chemistry is given by the Division of Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry to the outstanding student, or students, in the two semester Physical Chemistry course and laboratory sequence. The award is presented to the student, or students, who were the top academic performers in both lecture and laboratory. The award consists of a certificate of recognition. K'Shylah Whitehurst is the 2018 recipient.

  • The Department of Chemistry honors the outstanding student or students in Analytical Chemistry with the ACS Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Award. The selection is made by faculty members teaching the analytical course each year. The award is sponsored by the Division of Analytical Chemistry of the ACS and consists of an honorary membership in the Division of Analytical Chemistry of the ACS and an eight-month subscription to the journal, Analytical Chemistry. Daniel Nance received this award in 2018.

  • The Department of Chemistry recognizes the outstanding student or students in Organic Chemistry with the ACS Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Award. The selection is made by those faculty involved in organic chemistry instruction and research, and recognizes senior students who display a significant aptitude for organic chemistry and encourages further interest in the field. The award is jointly sponsored by the ACS and the Joint Polymer Education Committee and consists of a certificate of recognition. Congratulations to Mitul Patel, our 2018 recipient.

  • The Department of Chemistry recognizes the outstanding student or students in Inorganic Chemistry with the ACS Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry. The ACS requires that the student awardee will have demonstrated excellence in inorganic chemistry at the undergraduate level based on any combination of research, coursework, and /or motivation / interest / dedication and should have future plans that include a career in chemistry. The selection is made by those faculty teaching the advanced inorganic chemistry course. The award is sponsored by the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry and consists of a certificate of recognition. Congratulations to Kendall Barnett for this recognition in 2018.

Instructional Awards

  • The Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction Award is presented to student(s) to recognize and thank those who have excelled in their dedication and performance as an Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant in the General Chemistry Laboratory. The Selection of recipients is made by the faculty upon advisement from the Director of General Chemistry Laboratories. The honoree(s) are chosen from among the talented pool of Laboratory Assistants that serve the Department of Chemistry by devoting a portion of their talent and time to the instruction of peers. The 2018 recipients are Jacob Negron-Olivo and Hector Oviedo-Hernandez. Both excellent teachers!