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Xavier chemistry students win awards for excellence in inorganic, organic and analytical chemistry

The awards are announced by the American Chemical Society and the Chemical Rubber Company

07/16/10

Four Xavier chemistry students have been recognized this summer for outstanding achievement in their chemistry studies. Three are from Kentucky and one is from Ohio.

Alexandra A. Schatz of Louisville has been awarded the American Chemical Society Polymer Chemistry Educational Committee 2010 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry. The award is made to a student entering the junior or senior year at an American Chemical Society-certified institution and is given by the divisions of polymer chemistry and polymeric materials: science and engineering. The award includes a personalized certificate and a letter of commendation.

Alexandra is a junior at Xavier with a major in chemistry and a minor in math.

Eleanor A. Powell of Shelbyville, Ky., has been awarded the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry 2010 Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry. This award is given to an outstanding student in analytical chemistry entering the senior year. It is intended to encourage student interest in analytical chemistry and to recognize those who display a career aptitude in the field.

The award includes a personalized certificate and a monthly e-mail from the journal Analytical Chemistry highlighting the news and feature sections.

Eleanor is a senior at Xavier, double majoring in chemistry and biology.

Nina R. Collins of Louisville has been awarded the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry 2010 Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry. This award recognizes achievement by an undergraduate student in inorganic chemistry and encourages further study in the field. Given to students at certified institutions, the award consists of a personalized certificate and a letter of commendation.

Nina is a senior at Xavier with a major in chemistry and a minor in math.

Anna Wiley of Medina has been selected for the Chemical Rubber Company Chemistry Achievement Award given for outstanding achievement in freshman general chemistry courses at Xavier. The award will be presented to Wiley at a gathering of chemistry students and faculty at the beginning of the fall 2010 semester. She will receive an award certificate and an award copy of the 89th edition of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.

When she returns to Xavier in the fall, Wiley will be a sophomore in the Honors Bachelor of Arts program with a minor in natural sciences. She is considering a career in medicine.

The American Chemical Society is a congressionally chartered independent membership organization representing professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

Chemical training is the basis for a wide range of careers such as: environmental science, forensic science, chemical business and medicine. Xavier graduates’ average acceptance rate to medical schools over the past five years is 82 percent, compared to a national average of approximately 45 percent. To learn more about the chemistry major at Xavier University, please visit www.xavier.edu/chemistry.