Dawn Makley, a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of the chemistry department at Xavier University, has received an American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship. Makley is a PhD candidate in Chemistry at Vanderbilt University. Only about a dozen chemistry graduate students nationwide are awarded this prestigious fellowship. This is the second time in the past ten years that a Xavier chemistry alumna has been honored with this award. Bianca (Napolitano) Sculimbrine, a 1999 magna cum laude chemistry graduate of Xavier received this same award in 2002 while pursuing graduate study at Boston College. Sculimbrine is now a member of the chemistry faculty at College of the Holy Cross.
Xavier University ranks in the top percentages of comprehensive universities in the nation for the number of its graduates completing a PhD in chemistry. The number of female undergraduates successfully completing a chemistry degree over the past twenty years at Xavier has been very high.