The Department held its annual Chemistry Awards Night Dinner and Ceremony on November 7. A highlight of the evening was a presentation by alumnus Professor Ian Smith who reflected on his career path and shared some words of wisdom to our students. The awards ceremony celebrated the students who have been recommended as candidates for the various awards. Dr. Mazdak Khajehpour, chair of the Scholarship and Awards Committee, highlighted that approximately awards consisting of $19,000 has been made available for the undergraduate students and $100,000 for graduate students. The undergraduate student awards were presented by Dr. Nemykin and graduate student awards by Associate Head (graduate studies) Dr. Georg Schreckenbach.
Photo credit: Dr. Horace Luong
The attendees were welcomed by Department Head Dr. Victor Nemykin. The awards ceremony was emceed by Scholarship and Awards Committee chair Dr. Mazdak Khajehpour. The guest speaker for this year was alumnus Professor Ian Smith. He gave an engaging talk on his career path following his graduation from the U of M and provided words of encouragement to our students who are considering what to do next after they graduate. The Canadian Society for Chemistry Medal – A medal is awarded to the third year honours student who has attained the highest standing in our Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biotechnology programs. 2019 recommended candidates: Micaela Lisogorsky, Daniel Gussakovsky, Darian Hole Demchuk Scholarship for Women in Chemistry -The award recognizes the academic achievements of female students in both the honours and majors chemistry programs. 2019 Recommended candidates:: Katrina Bergmann, Patricia Machekera, Baldeep Sidhu David Renfrew Petrie Memorial Medal – The Renfrew medal is awarded to a student who achieves high academic standing on coursework completed in the third year of the honours chemistry program. 2019 Recommended candidate is: Dawson Konowalchuk Peter Letkeman Award in Chemistry – Awarded to a student who has achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on all courses completed to date and has achieved the highest standing in the course Instrumental Methods of Analysis (CHEM 3590) 2019 Recommended Candidate is: Jesse Schmidt Hugh J. Anderson Undergraduate Scholarship in Chemistry – This award recognizes third and fourth year students with high academic performance in any honours or majors program within the Department of Chemistry. 2019 Recommended Candidates are: Katrina Bergmann, Dawson Konowalchuk, Darshan Patel, Baldeep Sidhu Reverend Joseph Hogg Scholarship – The award recognizes the academic achievements of students in the honours chemistry program. 2019 Recommended Candidates are: Katrina Bergmann, Nicholas Blandford (absent from event), Dawson Konowalchuk, Jesse Schmidt, Baldeep Sidhu, Eric Vasas A.N. Campbell Scholarship- The award recognizes the academic achievements of students in the honours chemistry program. 2019 Recommended Candidates are: Katrina Bergmann, Dawson Konowalchuk, Baldeep Sidhu Instrumental Analysis Award- Dr. Art Chow of the University of Manitoba’s Department of Chemistry has established a fund at the University to supplement the American Chemical Society award for excellence. 2019 Recommended Candidate: Daniel Gussakovsky Hugh J. Anderson Graduate Award in Chemistry- The purpose of this award is to support Chemistry graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in research. 2019 recommended candidates are: Gorkem Bakir, Liam Berry, Jake Blackner, Tanner Blesener, Jason Braun,Patrique Bulloch, Herby Cadet, Taegi Choi, Jamie Dearnley, Jorge de Carvalho Marques Dourado, Susan Egbert, Ismael Elayan, Haben Gabir, Baylie Gigolyk, Harman Gill, Carolyn Gregory, Payal Grover, Monika Gupta, Fabian Heide, Md Rafiqul Islam, Emily Kennedy, Charles Killeen, Amit Koul, Arun Krishnamurthy, Kiran Krishnamurthy, Scott Legare, Issiah Lozada, Nikhat Lubna, Cole Mauws, Navriti Mittal, Benilde Mizero, Rajarshi Mondal, Dion Nemez, Dustin Nevonen, At Nguyen, Nicole Nolasco, Mariam Odetellah, Nicholas Pegoretti, Tamanna Poonia, Alexander Pritchard, Faride Rafiei, Danzel Ramirez, Joseph Rebizant, Brooke Richtik, Weslley Silva, Simarpreet Singh, Joseph Stitsky, Hunter Sturm, Milan Teraiya, Dmitry Vrublevskiy, Chun Hin Wong, Xiaobin Zhang R. 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Betts Graduate Award in Chemistry – This award supports Chemistry graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in research. 2019 Recommended Candidates: Dustin Nevonen, Weslley Silva Ernst and Ingrid Bock Graduate Award- This memorial award supports exceptional graduate students in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics. 2019 Recommended Candidates: Kiran Krishnamurthy, Nicholas Pegoretti, Faride Rafiei Chemistry Centennial Scholarship- The purpose of this award is to support a Chemistry graduate student who has demonstrated exceptional ability in research. 2019 Recommended Candidate: Jason Braun Chemistry Graduate Students’ Association Scholarship- This award was established by the Chemistry Graduate Students to support students in their graduate studies.Recommended Candidates: Harjasmin Mander, Hanieh Rezasoltani,Jade Wish Mark and Patricia Smerchanski Graduate Award in Chemistry- The purpose of this award is to support exceptional Chemistry graduate students who are undertaking research pertaining to alternative forms of energy. Recommended Candidates: Liam Berry,Patrique Bulloch (absent from event), Jamie Dearnley (absent from event),Ismael Elayan,Baylie Gigolyk (absent from event) Walter and Elizabeth Rodewald Scholarship in Chemistry- The purpose of this award is to support Chemistry graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in research Recommended Candidates: Ifeoluwa (Grace) Idowu (absent from event) Frank and Donna Hruska Prize-The prize is intended to support students enrolled in Graduate Studies under the supervision of a staff member of the Chemistry Department of the University of Manitoba. Recommended Candidates: Herby Cadet (absent from event), Haben Gabir, Navriti Mittal, Alexander Pritchard (absent from event), Joseph Stitsky, Milan Teraiya, Zhe Xia (absent from event) Theodore (Ted) Schaefer Graduate Award in Chemistry – The purpose of this award is to support a Chemistry graduate student who has demonstrated exceptional ability in research. 2019 Recommended Candidate: Issiah Lozada Nicholas S. Yanick Scholarship in Chemistry (Graduate)- The purpose of this award is to reward the academic achievements of graduate students pursuing studies in the doctoral program in the Department of Chemistry. Recommended Candidates:Fabian Heide, Cole Mauws, Dmitry Vrublevskiy Friends Members from the Stetefeld group Members from the Bieringer group Members from the Davis group Members from the van Wijngaarden group Friends Friends Professors Ian Smith and Victor Nemykin Members from the Schweizer group Friends Members from the S. Kuss group Friends