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Recognizing Two Outstanding Chemistry Students

Recently, the Chemistry & Geosciences Department honored the following two students for their outstanding achievement in chemistry:

Matt Paufve was honored with the 2011 Chemistry Achievement Award in recognition of his performance in general chemistry.  Professor Henzel presented Matt with a copy of the 91st edition of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.  Matt plans to transfer to St. John Fisher and study biochemistry. 

Peter Thayer was MCC’s recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry Award sponsored by the Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society.  One award is presented annually to an individual from each college or university within the six county area of the Rochester Section who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement in chemistry at the undergraduate level.  The recipient must be a full-time student expected to complete an undergraduate degree in chemistry or chemical engineering during the calendar year of nomination, as well as have an outstanding academic record of achievement in chemistry, participation in research, and service to the department.  Peter has met all these criteria.  He will be graduating in June with an Associate Degree in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering with a cumulative GPA of 4.0.  He also participated in ten weeks of high powered chemical research at the University of Rochester, served as president of the Chemistry Club, and worked as a Peer Leader for the organic chemistry classes. Further, Peter was the recipient of a $1,000 Scholars Day award for his presentation on his summer research experience.  Peter has been accepted to the University of Rochester (and is awaiting word from Cornell) and intends to major in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Lydia Tien
Chemistry & Geosciences