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Southern Miss Science Students Saluted PDF Print E-mail
Monday, April 12, 2010
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Nearly one dozen students were singled out for end-of-the-year academic achievement awards in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

“These individuals exemplify the caliber of students majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss we are preparing students who are the next generation of scientists. They are the ones who will make breakthroughs in industry, research, medicine, and education,” said Dr. Robert Bateman, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Scott Walper of Petal was named Outstanding Graduate Student. Carrie Hofmann of Tyndell, S.D., was selected Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant. Named the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants were Amit Kumar, Saket, New Delhi and Suman Parajuli, Argali, Palpa, Nepal.

Those earning other awards are: Hannah Rice, Gautier, general chemistry; William Seawell Hattiesburg, organic chemistry; David Hudson, Hattiesburg, analytical chemistry; Sarah Ali  Hattiesburg, physical chemistry; Jessica Shackleford, Senatobia, inorganic chemistry; Katherine Windham, Saucier, chemical education; and Suzanna Ellzey, Hattiesburg, biochemistry. The Culpepper Award for an American Chemical Society-certified major (ACS) with highest grade point average (GPA) went to Stuart Lovinggood of Metairie, LA, with a 3.66 GPA.

Rice, Seawell and Hudson scored the highest grades on selected ACS final exams which are  standardized chemistry exams designed and distributed by the American Chemical Society. These exams test the knowledge of students in a variety of areas of chemistry and are given as the final, comprehensive exam for select core courses in the curriculum. These exams provide the department a means of assessing student understanding as each progresses through the chemistry curriculum.

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