On Friday, August 26th, the Department of Chemistry celebrated our new and returning graduate students with the Welcome Back Fourth Friday and Graduate Awards Ceremony. Students, staff, and faculty enjoyed Fox Bros. BBQ and cupcakes from Atlanta Cupcake Factory while cheering on award winners. In a new tradition this year, our 2016 graduate class was officially introduced to the community by their graduate student mentors at the end of the awards ceremony.
Here are the awardees:
Recognition of Service Instructors
- Mass Spec: Samantha Summer (Liotta)
- X-ray Crystallography: Daniel Collins-Wildman (Hill); Tom Pickel (Scarborough)
- NMR: Bruce Liao (Davies); Benjamin Fontaine (Weinert); Noel Li (Lynn); Amaan Kazerouni (Blakey)
- Bioanalytical Instruments: Jenny Coffman (Lutz)
- Quayle Outstanding Student Award: Yang Liu (Salaita); Luyao Zou (Widicus Weaver)
- Quayle Advanced/Senior Student Award: Liangbing Fu (Davies); Christian Wallen (Scarborough)
- Quayle Student Achievement Award:Benjamin Fontaine (Weinert); Kornelia Galior (Salaita);Robert Kubiak (Davies); Bruce Liao (Davies); Victor Ma (Salaita)
Outstanding TA Awards
- General Chemistry: Brooke Andrews
- Analytical: Paula Tyler
- Physical Chemistry: Sean Bresler
- Organic: Ally Boyington
Recognition of ARCS Nominees
- Austin Baker (Jui)
- Jacob Burman (Blakey)
- Daniel Collins-Wildman (Hill)
- Paula Tyler (Dyer) Selected as 2016 ARCS Scholar
Congratulations to all!
The thirty-five individuals in our entering class include high-achieving students from across the country and internationally. Students were selected from an applicant pool of over three hundred. Selected students share a rigorous educational background and a passion for chemistry. The selection committee placed particular emphasis on applicants’ previous and potential contributions to research.
Among the incoming students, we welcome two Emory Graduate Diversity Fellows. The Emory Graduate Diversity Fellowship (EGDF) is awarded to applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and who will contribute to the development of a richly diverse student body. To be considered for the EGDF, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who plan to pursue a program of doctoral study. One of our students was also selected as a fellow in the NIH-funded Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) program. In addition, students in our incoming class were awarded a total of five Laney Fellowships. Laney awards recognize outstanding academic achievements as well as a student’s potential to excel as a research scientist. All of our incoming students have been awarded tuition waivers and stipend support for the duration of their graduate careers at Emory.
Graduate students are at the heart of our community-their presence energizes research and teaching in the department. We look forward to welcoming our 2015 incoming class to campus!
For more information about our incoming class-and the Department of Chemistry in general-please contact Kira Walsh, Outreach Coordinator.
If you are an admitted student who needs assistance, please contact Ann Dasher, Graduate Coordinator.
Caitlin MacMurry Bridges
Jiantao (JT) Fu
Benjamin David Wertz
Qingfeng (Kee) Wang
Xiaokun Grace Zhang