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Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

Academic Excellence in Chemistry Award – The Academic Excellence in Chemistry Award consists of a keepsake plaque given by the Department of Chemistry. It is given annually to graduating seniors with the following GPA levels:
Distinction—3.20—3.499; High Distinction—3.50—3.749; Highest Distinction—3.75—4.000
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Excellence in Chemistry Award

Academic Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry Award – The Academic Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry Award consists of a keepsake plaque given by the Department of Chemistry. It is given annually to graduating seniors with the following GPA levels:
Distinction—3.20—3.499; High Distinction—3.50—3.749; Highest Distinction—3.75—4.000
Listing of winners: Excellence in Med Chemistry Award

Chemistry Alumni Award – The Chemistry Alumni Award honors the top Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry Majors of senior status for academic excellence, based on cumulative rank, and is presented by the Department of Chemistry faculty at the annual Undergraduate Awards Ceremony. This award, consisting of a monetary gift and certificate, has been presented to one or more students each year since 2000.
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Alumni Award

American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award – Since 1967, the American Chemical Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry, has presented this undergraduate award to encourage student interest in analytical chemistry and to recognize students who display an aptitude for a career in the field. The recipient is selected by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee, but is to have completed the third undergraduate year before the upcoming fall semester, and is expected to enroll for the following academic year. The award consists of an 8-month subscription (16 issues) to the journal Analytical Chemistry and a certificate of recognition, which is presented at the Department of Chemistry awards ceremony on commencement day.
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ACS Analytical Chemistry Award

American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award – The American Chemical Society, Division of Inorganic Chemistry, gives this award to encourage student interest in inorganic chemistry, to recognize achievement in inorganic chemistry and to encourage further study in the field. The award is presented to a senior, selected by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee, on the basis of success in inorganic chemistry courses and undergraduate research in the field. The award consists of a certificate of recognition and letter of commendation from the Chair of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry, which is presented at the Department of Chemistry awards ceremony on commencement day.
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ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award

American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry Award – The American Chemical Society’s Division of Organic Chemistry, gives this award to recognize students who display a significant aptitude for organic chemistry and to encourage further interest in the field. The award is presented to a senior, selected by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee on the basis of success in organic chemistry courses and undergraduate research in the field. The award consists of a certificate, a letter of recognition, and a one year free membership to the ACS Organic Division, which is presented at the Department of Chemistry awards ceremony on commencement day.
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ACS Organic Chemistry Award

CAS Dean’s Outstanding Senior Award – Annually, the Dean honors the best senior graduating from each department in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) with the “Dean’s Outstanding Senior Award”, consisting of a medal and certificate presented at the University Commencement ceremony. In previous years, prior to the formation of the College of Arts and Sciences, this award was named the “FNSM Deans Outstanding Senior Award”. Each department in the College, along with the Interdisciplinary Degree Program and the Special Major Program, is asked to select one graduating senior. The selection criteria are: Demonstrated academic excellence exemplified by an exceptional grade point average, election to honor societies, participation in research, and other academic achievements selected by the department.
Listing of winners: CAS Dean’s Outstanding Senior Award

CRC Freshman Chemistry Award – The CRC Freshman Chemistry Award honors the top 1% of freshman students for academic excellence in CHE 101-102, 105-106, and 107-108, based on cumulative rank, and is presented by the Department of Chemistry faculty. This elite group has been recognized through the presentation of this award since 1985, when the Department of Chemistry held its first awards ceremony. Each student receives a copy of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics and a certificate.
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CRC Freshman Chem Award

Dr. Alan Cutler Undergraduate Scholarship in Chemistry – The Dr. Alan Cutler Undergraduate Scholarship in Chemistry is given to support an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry, based on financial need and academic success. This award is intended to provide financial aid to an undergraduate who plans on performing summer research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Awardees are selected by the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Affairs Committee, and students selected are presented their certificate at the Department of Chemistry annual awards ceremony.
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Dr. Alan Cutler Scholarship

Jane C. Denton Award – This award given by Dr. Lawrence Frenkel, BA 1965 and Dr. Donald Schultz, BA 1965 in recognition of the inspiration Jane C. Denton gave to many. This award is given to female undergraduate students pursuing a degree in chemistry. Awardees are selected by the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Affairs Committee, and students selected are presented their scholarship and certificate at the Department of Chemistry annual awards ceremony.
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Jane C. Denton Award

Hypercube Scholar Award – The generosity of Hypercube supports the annual Hypercube Scholar awarded to a graduating Chemistry or Medicinal Chemistry senior selected by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee. This award consists of the newest version of HyperChem software and a certificate signed by Neil S. Ostlund, the President and CEO of Hypercube, Inc. The award is presented at the Department awards ceremony on commencement day.
Listing of winners: Hypercube Award

Kapoor Undergraduate Award – The Kapoor Undergraduate Award is given to a junior medicinal chemistry major. Awardees are selected by the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Affairs Committee and students selected are presented their scholarship and certificate at the Department of Chemistry annual awards ceremony.
Listing of winners: Kapoor Undergraduate Award

Peter T. Lansbury Chemistry Award – Joseph P. Vacca, PhD 1983, received the Merck Director’s Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the discovery of Crixivan, an HIV protease inhibitor. Dr. Vacca selected the University at Buffalo as recipient of the Merck prize because of the important role UB played in his career. To honor his former PhD mentor, Dr. Peter T. Lansbury, Professor Emeritus, Dr. Vacca created the Peter T. Lansbury Chemistry Award in 1999. This award is given periodically to a deserving undergraduate chemistry major, preferably in his/her junior year. The funds may be used to carry out summer research with a UB faculty member.
Listing of winners: Lansbury Award

Sol J. Lederman Undergraduate Research Fellowship – Sol J. Lederman Research Fellows will be selected by the Department of Chemistry’s Undergraduate Committee based on applications submitted by interested students. The committee will award the fellowship(s) to students who: (1) show special promise as a researcher, (2) have a commitment from a mentor to provide matching funds in support of a stipend, supplies, etc, and (3) have high promise of generating publishable results. At the end of the fellowship period, Sol J. Lederman Research Fellows must submit a short report (3-5 page) summarizing their research activity and results.
Listing of winners: Lederman Fellowship Award

Albert Padwa Award – The Albert Padwa Award is intended to provide a stipend to an undergraduate student intern during a summer research project in the Department of Chemistry. Awardees are selected by the Department of Chemistry’s Undergraduate Affairs Committee. The recipient of this award is required to provide a summary report at the conclusion of his/her research project.
Listing of winners: Albert Padwa Award

Ralph F. Theuer Scholarship Award – The family of Ralph F. Theuer, University at Buffalo alumnus, BA Chemistry 1946 and EdM. Science Education 1950, in order to further science education, established the Ralph F. Theuer Endowment Fund in 1994. This award is presented annually to one or more outstanding students pursuing a degree in Chemistry or a graduate degree in Science Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Awardees are selected by the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Affairs Committee, and students selected are presented their scholarship and certificate at the Department of Chemistry annual awards ceremony.
Listing of winners: Theuer Award

Senior Merck Award for Scholastic Excellence – Through its generosity and commitment to the chemical sciences Merck & Co., Inc. offers this annual award to recognize outstanding graduating chemistry majors. Ultimate selection of the awardees is made by the Department’s Undergraduate Affairs Committee. Each senior selected receives a copy of the Merck Index with his or her name embossed in gold on the cover. The University at Buffalo has taken part in honoring our seniors with this award since 1985, when the Department of Chemistry held its very first awards ceremony.
Listing of winners: Senior Merck Award

Sophomore Organic Award for Scholastic Excellence – The Sophomore Organic Award honors the top 1% of sophomore students in CHE 201-251 and CHE 202-252, based on cumulative rank, and is presented by the Department of Chemistry faculty. This elite group has been recognized through the presentation of this award since 1985, when the Department of Chemistry held its first annual awards ceremony.
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Sophomore Organic Award

The Taylor & Francis Group and CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award – The Taylor & Francis Group and CRC Press offer this award to recognize an undergraduate student for outstanding academic achievement in chemistry and to inspire the upcoming scientists of tomorrow. One senior, selected by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee, will receive the newest edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, along with a commemorative bookplate.
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The Taylor & Francis CRC Press Achievement Award

Joseph & Louise K. Tufariello Award for Academic Excellence in Chemistry – First presented in 2003, this award was established in memory of Dr. Joseph J. Tufariello’s parents, Joseph and Louise K. Tufariello, who, in spite of their own limited education, encouraged and supported him in his quest for the highest education possible. This award is presented annually to an outstanding graduating senior in the Department of Chemistry of the University at Buffalo as selected by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee.
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Tufariello Award

Western New York American Chemical Society Award – Through its generosity the Western New York Section of the American Chemical Society (founded in 1905) offers this annual award to honor the outstanding senior students of our regional colleges and universities majoring in chemistry, medicinal chemistry and biochemistry.
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WNY ACS Award

William E. Townsend Scholarship Award – Mr. William E. Townsend, UB Class of 1950 with a BA degree in Chemistry, in order to recognize worthy students at his alma mater, established the William E. Townsend Scholarship Fund in 1992. This award is presented annually to one or more freshman chemistry majors, preferably from the Western New York area, with demonstrated financial need and possession of good personal characteristics in terms of attitude, personality, citizenship and leadership. Recipients are selected by the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Affairs Committee. The award may be presented to each awardee for up to four consecutive years, provided they remain a chemistry major in good standing with the University.
Listing of winners: Townsend Award