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Department Highlights and Achievements

Chemistry Major Destinee Johnson selected to attend the DOW-MIT ACCESS program in October

8/16/12 Rock Hill, SC - Winthrop chemistry major Destinee Johnson has just been competitively selected for the DOW-MIT Access program and will be spending the first part of her 2012 fall break in Cambridge, MA. With support provided by Dow Chemical Company, the DOW-MIT ACCESS program goal is to increase the diversity of qualified applicants to PhD programs in chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science throughout the United States. 

ACCESS is a weekend of educational and informative events that introduces talented juniors and seniors to the benefits of a graduate education in chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science. The goal of ACCESS is not to prepare students for graduate school at MIT specifically, but rather to introduce them to the advantages of choosing a graduate career path at an institution that best meets each participant's individual needs.  The weekend-long program offers students an overview of graduate education through seminars, faculty talks, and interactive sessions, all designed to give a greater understanding of the application process and an insight into the doors a graduate career can open. 

Destinee is a Winthrop McNair Scholar and a Winthrop Honors student. During each of the past two summers, she has conducted full-time research in Dr. Nick Grossoehme's laboratory investigating protein regulation mechanisms of intracellular copper concentrations. 

Winthrop Students Win Carolina-Piedmont Section American Chemical Society Awards

4/25/2012 Charlotte, NC - Each year, the Carolina-Piedmont Section of the American Chemical Society, comprised of approximately 1,200 chemistry professionals from the Charlotte metropolitan area, western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina, makes three awards to undergraduate students from Universities in the section. Students are nominated by their respective colleges and a committee of working chemistry professionals selects the award recipients.

Chemistry senior Zachary Curry and a Davidson College student have been named co-winners of the 2012 ACS Piedmont Undergraduate Scholastic Achievement Award. Chemistry senior and volleyball captain Becca Toor has been selected for the 2012 ACS Piedmont Undergraduate Leadership Award and Chemistry senior Abigail Bradner has won the 2012 ACS Piedmont Undergraduate Research Award.

While former students have won each of these awards in the past, Winthrop has never had winners in all three categories in a single year. This was also one of the most challenging years for faculty since we could only nominate one student among the several truly exceptional finalists there were in each of these categories. 

Jeff Myers Wins South Carolina Academy of Science's 2012 Dwight Camper Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award 

3/30/2012 Columbia, SC - The South Carolina Academy of Sciences announced the selection of Winthrop chemistry major Jeff Myers as the sole recipient of the 2012 Dwight Camper Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award. The Dwight Camper Award honors an undergraduate student or team that has performed outstanding research as an undergraduate student in any of the scientific fields supported by the SC Academy of Science whose research has contributed to a science publication. This award consists of an honorarium of $300 and a handsomely framed certificate that was presented in a special ceremony at the South Carolina Academy of Sciences annual meeting on April 14. Following the ceremony Jeff made a 20 minute research presentation to the Academy on organic synthesis research findings conducted at Winthrop under the mentorship of Dr. Jay Hanna, Associate Professor of Chemistry. Upon graduation from Winthrop in May 2012, Jeff will matriculate into the Chemistry PhD program at the University of Virginia.

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