The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry gathered on May 22, 2015 to celebrate the achievements of its 2015 graduates. 

Newly minted graduates included 47 Biochemistry B.S., 40 Chemistry B.S., 7 M.S. and 25 Ph.D.’s.
Nearly one third of the 2015 graduating seniors earned second degrees in Natural Sciences (Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Math, Nutrition and Food Science, and Physics), Social Sciences (Government and Politics, and Psychology), Arts and Humanities (English Language & Literature, and Music) and Secondary Education.

The department lauded its students for their academic accomplishments. Six graduates were recognized for induction to Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society that dates to 1776, and 14 for graduation with University honors. Twenty-one students were recognized for membership in the scientific honor society, Phi Lambda Upsilon.

Undergraduate research accomplishments were highlighted.  Christopher Bognar, Michael Mandler, and Lok-Man Yeung received High Departmental Honors and Michal Ad and Luke Skala Departmental Honors for original research conducted under faculty supervision.  Generous support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Beckman Foundation was acknowledged for 13 graduates.

The Department was pleased to recognize the leadership talents of individual students through important societal awards and named scholarships.  The graduating class includes also four winners of highly competitive external fellowships: a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (Iowis Zhu), a Fulbright Scholarship (Brandong Ng.) a McNair Graduate Fellowship (Sandra Zebara Ndendijio)) and a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (Michael Mandler).

Congratulations and Best of Wishes to all of our Graduates!

Click here to view photos from the 2015 Commencement Reception and Awards Program

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