2010-2011 Outstanding Senior Award Winner
Deepak Ravindranathan, Outstanding Senior for 2010-2011
The winner of the 2010-2011 Outstanding Senior award is Deepak Ravindranathan from Calabash, NC. Deepak is an EC Scholar and member of the university Honors program. He graduated in May summa cum laude with dual degrees: a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Chemistry. He received an ECU Undergraduate Research Award to fund his honors thesis project with Dr. Shoqan Huo in Chemistry to develop and characterize highly emissive platinum complexes. He recently published his first academic article as lead author in the Inorganic Chemistry Journal. He has also presented his research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and at the American Chemical Society. In the summer of 2011, Deepak will travel to Europe to conduct a comparative analysis of natural resource management and recreational practices in four countries. Active on campus, Deepak served for two years as the student representative to the Phi Kappa Phi executive board. He mentored children at Belvoir Elementary School, volunteered at Pitt Memorial Hospital and the Hobgood and Grimesland clinics, and is serving as President of the ECU Chemistry Club and Vice-President of the Rural Health Volunteer Society. Deepak was also a 2011 recipient of the Elite Pirate Award for top student leaders. Deepak plans to complete a Masters program in Chemistry before enrolling in medical school. Eventually he hopes to become a practicing physician in eastern North Carolina.