CBC Undergraduate Awards

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry gives out annual awards to the top chemistry and biochemistry students. These awards are presented at our annual CBC Convocation Event. Below are descriptions of the CBC Undergraduate Awards that are given out each year:


Freshman Chemistry Award: This award recognizes a top student in the honors general chemistry sequence (CHEM 1910H/1920H).

Sophomore Organic Chemistry Award: This award recognizes a top student in the honors organic chemistry sequence (CHEM 2510H/2520H).

ACS Columbus Chapter - Junior and Senior Chemistry Achievement Awards: This award is given to one Junior and one Senior by the American Chemical Society Columbus Chapter. The award is determined by the student's GPA, research involvement, and faculty recommendations. In addition to a department certificate, the ACS Columbus chapter generously provides $200 to the Junior recipient, and $300 to the Senior recipient.

ACS Division of Organic Chemistry - Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry: This award recognizes a top student majoring in either chemistry or biochemistry who has demonstrated excellence in organic chemistry based on a combination of research experience, coursework, and a desire to pursue a career in chemistry.

Excellence in Chemistry - Iota Sigma Pi: Iota Sigma Pi serves to promote the advancement of women in chemistry by granting recognition to women who have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement and high professional competence. The Ohio State university is able to nominate one top female senior for this award each year.

Partners for Progress and Prosperity: This award is given to an outstanding undergraduate researcher in honor of the memory of Professor Devon W. Meek. The award recipient receives a gold medal.

Irene Rosenfeld Scientific Achievement Award: This award is presented annually to a top graduating senior majoring in biochemistry who has accomplished an outstanding level of academic achievement in the sciences. In addition to a department certificate, the recipient receives $1000.

Hypercube Award: This award is given by Hypercube, Inc. from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Hypercube is the developer of HyperChem and other molecular modeling products. The award is given to a graduating B.S. chemistry student and consists of a copy of a software package entitled "HyperChem" and a commemorative plaque. The software package is valued at $1000

Undergraduate Student Teacher- Rookie of the Year Award: This award is given to a chemistry major that exhibits exemplary performance as a new undergraduate teaching assistant. The awardee is selected based on recommendations from our faculty, teaching staff, and students.

Distinguished Undergraduate Student Teacher Award: This award is given to a chemistry major that exhibits exemplary performance serving as an experienced undergraduate teaching assistant. The awardee is selected based on recommendations from our faculty, teaching staff, and students. 

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