Class of 2022 Celebration

Greetings Seniors and Undergraduate Awardees,

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to be holding the 39th Annual Chemistry Undergraduate Awards Ceremony in-person this year!  Please RSVP via the link below (preferably by May 8th, but late replies are also welcome).

Where: Natural Sciences Complex 225

When:  Sunday May 22nd, 12:00pm for Refreshments (a light lunch and desserts), Ceremony to begin at 12:30pm.

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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 2022 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 2021-2022 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, throughout the past several academic years, have overcome unprecedented challenges and have thrived despite the prevailing circumstances, UB’s altered mode of instruction, and the myriad changes to life on campus. 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!

Student Awards

Senior Awards

Erin E. Ackerly

  • Priscilla B. Clarke Pioneer Award
  • Department Honors: Distinction

Prior Awards:
Jane C. Denton Award 2021

Nathan M. Atkins

  • Chemistry Alumni Award, Chemistry
  • Department Honors: High Distinction

Benjamin R. Bartula

  • Chemistry Alumni Award, Medicinal Chemistry
  • Department Honors: Highest Distinction

Prior Awards:
Medicinal Chemistry Scholarship 2021
Ralph F. Theurer Scholarship Award 2020

Sean M. Coakley

  • Chemistry Alumni Award, Medicinal Chemistry
  • Department Honors: Highest Distinction

Nathan J. Foley

  • WNY ACS Medicinal Chemistry Award
  • Chemistry Alumni Award, Medicinal Chemistry
  • Joseph and Louise K. Tufariello Award
  • Department Honors: Highest Distinction

Prior Awards:
Medicinal Chemistry Scholarship 2020

Alan Foss, Jr.

Department Honors: Distinction

Alyssa M. Gomez

Department Honors: Distinction

John F. Grabda, IV

  • Chemistry Alumni Award, Chemistry
  • Department Honors: Highest Distinction

Wahida Jannat

Prior Awards:
William E. Townsend Award 2021

Bruce Lawson

ACS Physical Chemistry Award 2022

Katrina A. Ma

  • Chemistry Alumni Award, Chemistry
  • Department Honors: High Distinction

Prior Awards:
ACS Analytical Chemistry Award 2020

Samantha A. Nelson

  • Chemistry Alumni Award, Chemistry
  • Joseph and Louise K. Tufariello Award
  • Department Honors: Highest Distinction

Prior Awards:
Jane C. Denton Award 2021
Excellence in Organic Chemistry 2020

Thomas M. Rennells

  • Chemistry Alumni Award, Chemistry
  • Department Honors: Highest Distinction

Julia L. Siegmann

Department Honors: Distinction

Prior Awards:
ACS Analytical Chemistry Award 2021

Rebecca P. Tarbox

  • ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award 2022
  • ACS Organic Chemistry Award 2022
  • CAS Dean's Outstanding Senior
  • Chemistry Alumni Award, Chemistry
  • Priscilla B. Clarke Chemistry Award
  • Department Honors: Highest Distinction

Prior Awards:
Peter T. Lansbury Award 2021 

Andrew B. Yarnell

Department Honors: Distinction

James S. Zielinski

  • American Institute of Chemists Award
  • Chemistry Alumni Award, Chemistry
  • Ralph Theurer Scholarship Award, 2022
  • Department Honors: Highest Distinction

Prior Awards:
Ralph F. Theurer Scholarship Award 2021
Excellence in Organic Chemistry 2020

Junior Awards

Lucas Kruse

Sol. J. Lederman Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Samantha Luo

  • Dr. Alan Cutler Undergraduate Scholarship in Chemistry
  • Hillig Student Assistance Fund Recipient (Summer Research)

Brynn Nelson

Jane C. Denton Award

Emilee Nelson

Medicinal Chemistry Scholarship Award 

Peterson Pierre

Peter T. Lansbury Chemistry Award

Will Roberts

WNY ACS Chemistry Award

Giacomo Scilla

Albert Padwa Award (Summer Research)

Meghan Sullivan

  • Peter T. Lansbury Award (Summer Research)
  • ACS Analytical Chemistry Award

Elif Yildiz

  • Michael Detty Undergraduate Summer Research Award
  • Hillig Student Assistance Fund Recipient (Summer Research)

Sophomore Awards

Excellence in Organic Chemistry

Selin Arnavut
Devon Burnside
Ethan Fargo
Luke Hess
Katelyn Hilko
Michael Kozlin
Cassandra Ohnmeiss
Prasiddhi Patel
Jaffer Sayeed

First-Year Student Awards

Excellence in General Chemistry

Katelyn Churakos
Cali Frabizio
Shawn Gupta
Paige Lammers
Lindsay Leach
Harrison Lee
Jessica Lin
Ella Markham
Sofia Miller
Adhav Narayanan
Kelly O'Connor
Chao Si Pan
Sunny Patel
Raahim Rana
Ryan Seonarain
Neil Shah
Hannah Sheffield
Owen Szeglowski
Jasmine Thai
Akshay Tiwari
Siyuan Wu
Connie Yap