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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 2017 is Brandon Cutler! 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 2017 recipient, Kendall Barnett!

  • 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 2017 recipients are Jacob Negron-Olivo and Jessica Norris!

  • 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. Congratulations to our 2017 winners Alec Duncan, Henry Pfeifer, and K'Shyla Whitehurst!

  • The Tom and Wanda Jones Scholarship was kindly established by Dr. Jones, an alumnus of the ECU Department of Chemistry, to support chemistry majors.  Our award winners in 2017 are Meghan Lower and Omar Sharaf!

  • 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 Vivian Holt, Chase Neese, Caitlin Palmer, and Mitul Patel for receiving this award in 2017!

  • The Franklin Kizer Scholarship was established by Mr. Kizer and recognizes outstanding achievement by a chemistry major. Our 2017 Kizer scholarship winners are Elizabeth LaFave and Jacob Montgomery!

  • 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 winners for 2017 are Josie Hickman and Amy Jordan!

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 2017 award winners are Patrick Banzon, Emily Bolger, and Leeann Grainger.

  • 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, Stephanie Strong! 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. Patrick Banzon is the 2017 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. K'Shyla Whitehurst received this award in 2017.

  • 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 Leeann Grainger, our 2017 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 Emily Bolger for this recognition in 2017.

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 2017 recipients are Dalton Chapman, Jenny Jiang, Jacob Montgomery, and Kyra Price. All excellent teachers!