Class of 2020 Celebration

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A Message from the Chair

Dear Honorees, Graduates, Parents, Relatives and Friends,

On behalf of the Faculty and Staff of the Department of Chemistry, it is my great pleasure to congratulate the 2020 graduating class, at the bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels! Additionally, I congratulate our outstanding junior, sophomore, and first-year undergraduate students who are receiving awards and scholarships in recognition of their superior performance in the 2019-2020 academic year.

At the College of Arts and Sciences’ undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies, and at the Department of Chemistry’s Undergraduate Awards Ceremony, we celebrate academic success – a culmination of hard work and continued efforts. Our students have met goals and, in the spring 2020 semester, have overcome unprecedented challenges triumphantly. My colleagues and I on the Chemistry faculty are proud of students’ remarkable accomplishments and perseverance. We are indeed delighted to honor the achievements of our students as we experience their success in our Chemistry program – Bravo!

Our graduates join a distinguished group of alumni with presence all over the world who received degrees from UB’s Department of Chemistry. Graduates be assured that you have been provided with a solid foundation to embrace the many challenges ahead of you. We are confident of it and feel pride in your pursuit of excellence as you move forward into new and challenging journeys. The world needs you and your talents now more than ever, and you are prepared to deliver!

Congratulations and Best Wishes

David Watson, Chair

Join Our Celebration!

College of Arts and Sciences Virtual Commencement Ceremonies

Virtual commencement ceremonies for all CAS departments:

Graduate
Friday, May 15
1 p.m.

Undergraduate
Saturday, May 16
3 p.m.

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Post on social media using #UBclassof2020

Social Media Celebration: 
buffalo.edu/ubclass2020

Student Awards

Senior Awards

Alexander Manly

CAS Outstanding Senior Award
Joseph & Louise K. Tufariello Award
ACS Physical Chemistry Award
WNY ACS Chemistry Award
Department Honors: Highest Distinction
Chemistry Senior Alumni Award
Albert Padwa Chemistry Award, 2019
Ralph F. Theurer Award, 2019

Jennifer Seidman

Joseph & Louise K. Tufariello Award
Department Honors: Highest Distinction
Chemistry Senior Alumni Award
Sophomore Organic Award, 2018
Freshman Chemistry Award, 2017

Zuiru Lin

Senior Merck Award
Department Honors: Highest Distinction
Chemistry Senior Alumni Award
Ralph F. Theurer Award, 2018
Jane Denton Award, 2018
William E. Townsend Scholarship, 2016-2019

Joshua P. Hazelnis

ACS Organic Chemistry Award
Department Honors: Highest Distinction
Chemistry Senior Alumni Award
Peter T. Lansbury Chemistry Award, 2019
Ralph F. Theurer Award, 2019
William E. Townsend Scholarship, 2019-2020

Kyle R. Boyd

Department Honors: Highest Distinction
Chemistry Senior Alumni Award
Ralph F. Theurer Award, 2019

Hyein Kwon

ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award
Department Honors: High Distinction
Chemistry Senior Alumni Award
Jane Denton Award, 2019
Ralph F. Theurer Award, 2019

Dustin D. Youmans

WNY ACS Medicinal Chemistry Award
Department Honors: High Distinction
Chemistry Senior Alumni Award
Medicinal Chemistry Scholarship, 2019
Ralph F. Theurer Award, 2019

Alexis Cardarella

Department Honors:  High Distinction
Chemistry Senior Alumni Award
ACS/Division of Analytical Chemistry, 2019
Undergraduate Award, 2019
Ralph F. Theurer Award, 2019

Samantha A. Galbo

Department Honors: High Distinction
Chemistry Senior Alumni Award

James Wehrle

AIC Award
Department Honors: Distinction

Alejandro Becerra, Jr.

Department Honors:  Distinction

Catherine Carter

Department Honors: Distinction
William E. Townsend Scholarship, 2017-2020

Patrick Chung

Department Honors: Distinction

Madison K. Matheis

Department Honors: Distinction

Thomas J. Mellody

Department Honors: Distinction

Ngoc Thi My Nguyen

Department Honors: Distinction
Jane C. Denton Award, 2019

Alexia Pezzino

Department Honors: Distinction

Jaclyn Raymond

Taylor & Francis Award
Kathy & Kurt Hillig Award, 2019

Junior Awards

ACS/Division of Analytical Chemistry Undergraduate Award

Katrina Ma

Jane C. Denton Award

Lauryn A. Jerz
Caroline Peeples
Therese H. Wild

Medicinal Chemistry Scholarship

Nathaniel J. Foley

Peter T. Lansbury Chemistry Award

Brandon Oligny
Therese H. Wild

Albert Padwa Chemistry Award

Elizabeth L. Stippell

Ralph F. Theurer Scholarship

Christopher Barone
Benjamin Bartula
Luke Di Fato
Audrey Hoyt
Lauryn A. Jerz
Caroline Peeples
Jake Toczek
Therese H. Wild

Sophomore Awards for Excellence in Organic Chemistry

Elizabeth Chow
Jimmy Ellegate
Alaina Kenny
Morgan Mitchell
Sam Nelson
Will Roberts
Serena Tulley
Andrew Yarnell
James Zielinski

Freshman Chemistry Awards For Excellence in Freshman Chemistry

Ali Ahmad
Anish Avasthi
Cam Bass
Linda Chen
Sophia Cronk
Mikayla Dawes
Nate Dolan
Kateryna Fetsyak
Stephanie Flint
Lilly Freeman-Striegel
Jessica Jong
Maryam Kirch
Becka Konnayil
Sarah Lewis
Joel Mercado
Bryce North
Richard Pasternack
Lauren Schultz
Shikha Shelat
Bryson Shunk
Abbey Tallman
Madison Waldron

College of Arts and Sciences Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 15 1 p.m. 

This virtual ceremony is for graduate students from all departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Saturday, May 16 3 p.m.

This virtual ceremony is for undergraduate students from all departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.