2019 Graduate Student Awards

By C. Todd Reichart
Friday, May. 31, 2019

Nineteen graduate students were honored at the annual Department of Chemistry Graduate Student Awards presentation, held in Taylor Auditorium on Friday, May 31, 2019 with Tom Muir, the Van Zandt Williams Jr. Class of 1965 Professor of Chemistry and Chair, presenting. Three categories of awards were presented: first-year academic achievement, merit awards, and teaching awards. Photos of all recipients present for the event appear below.

 

First Year Academic Achievement

These fellowships were gifted to the department by alumni and provide summer support to first-year students in recognition of academic excellence.

The Norman G. and Elizabeth Brink Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry to Nathan Dow (MacMillan lab)

The Stephen P.A. Fodor *85  Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry to Olivia Garry (MacMillan lab)

The Stanley A. Lefkowitz *70 Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry to Holt Sakai (MacMillan lab)

The David V. Milligan ’62 Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry to Haina Wang (Torquato group)

The George B. Rathmann *51 Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry to Kewei Zhao (Myneni lab)

The Nat C. Robertson *42 Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry to Jackson Deobald (Knowles lab)

 

Merit Awards

 

The Third Year Seminar Hubbell ’47 Prize to Jacob DeHovitz (Hyster lab) and Bradley Lukasak (Muir lab)
This award is given to one or two 3rd year students for a superb seminar presentation as judged by current 4th-years students.  

The Arthur A. Patchett ’51 Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry to Aaron Zhong (Chirik lab)
This award, provided by a donation from Dr. Arther Patchett ’51, a former executive of Merck and Co. and an alumnus of Princeton, is granted to a senior organic student who has excelled at Princeton.  

MacMillan-Cava Prize for Outstanding Thesis Research to Chip Le (MacMillan lab)
This annual prize is given to a graduating student who produced a thesis of exceptional quality.

Badin *45 Graduate Student Prize to Xiaoyu Song (Schoop lab)
This prize is awarded every two years to a top second or third-year student, based on grades, research ratings, and faculty letters of recommendation.

 

Teaching Awards

 

Margaret & Herman Sokol Fellowship in Chemistry to Marcos Calegari Andrade (Selloni lab)
This award recognizes outstanding work as a teaching assistant for a student interested in a career in teaching and research.

Hubert Alyea ’24 Teaching Award to Ben Zhang (Scholes lab)
Granted in memory of Hubert Alyea, a renowned chemist and beloved Princeton instructor, this award recognizes outstanding dedication and enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching.

Pickering Teaching Award to Kenzie Clark (Seyedsayamdost lab), Crystal Dai (Kleiner lab), Stavros Kariofilis (Doyle lab), Marissa Lavagnino (MacMillan lab), Lei Tian (Scholes lab), and Elaine Tsui (Knowles lab)  
Named in honor of Miles Pickering, Director of the Chemistry Undergraduate Labs from 1981 until his death in 1991, these awards recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching. 

Tom Muir and Nathan Dow (MacMillan lab), recipient of The Norman G. and Elizabeth Brink Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry
Photo by C. Todd Reichart

 

Tom Muir and Olivia Garry (MacMillan lab), recipient of The Stephen P.A. Fodor *85  Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry
Photo by C. Todd Reichart

 

Tom Muir and Holt Sakai (MacMillan lab), recipient of The Stanley A. Lefkowitz *70 Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry
Photo by C. Todd Reichart

 

Tom Muir and Kewei Zhao (Myneni lab), recipient of The George B. Rathmann *51 Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry
Photo by C. Todd Reichart

 

Tom Muir and Jackson Deobald (Knowles lab), recipient of The Nat C. Robertson *42 Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry
Photo by C. Todd Reichart

 

Tom Muir with Bradley Lukasak (Muir lab) and Jacob DeHovitz (Hyster lab), recipients of the Third Year Seminar Hubbell ’47 Prize
Photo by C. Todd Reichart

 

Tom Muir and Aaron Zhong (Chirik lab), recipient of The Arthur A. Patchett ’51 Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry
Photo by C. Todd Reichart

 

Tom Muir and Chip Le (MacMillan lab), recipient of the MacMillan-Cava Prize for Outstanding Thesis Research
Photo by C. Todd Reichart

 

Tom Muir and Xiaoyu Song (Schoop lab), recipient of the Badin *45 Graduate Student Prize
Photo by C. Todd Reichart

 

Tom Muir and Marcos Calegari Andrade (Selloni lab), recipient of the Margaret & Herman Sokol Fellowship in Chemistry
Photo by C. Todd Reichart

 

Tom Muir and Ben Zhang (Scholes lab), recipient of the Hubert Alyea ’24 Teaching Award
Photo by C. Todd Reichart

 

Tom Muir with winners of the Pickering Teaching Award (l-r): Crystal Dai (Kleiner lab), Kenzie Clark (Seyedsayamdost lab), Stavros Kariofilis (Doyle lab), Marissa Lavagnino (MacMillan lab), and Elaine Tsui (Knowles lab). Lei Tian (Scholes lab), not shown, was also a recipient of this award.