BC Recognizes Students for Excellence in Chemistry

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Bridgewater College’s department of chemistry has recognized students for their accomplishments in chemistry and research.

Bridgewater College’s department of chemistry has recognized students for their accomplishments in chemistry and research.

The following awards were presented at the annual college awards ceremony: the John Martin Award for Organic Chemistry to Sarah M. McIntyre, the Dr. Stuart R. Suter Endowed Scholarship to Gabrielle M. Perkins, the Garland L. Reed Chemistry Award to Morgan A. Todd, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Outstanding Senior Award to Mary H. Shingler, and First-Year Chemistry Awards to Benjamin P. Hancock and Tranh Pham.

McIntyre received the Martin Award, which is presented to the outstanding student in organic chemistry. The award is given in memory of Dr. John W. Martin Jr., class of 1947, who served on the Bridgewater faculty for 24 years preparing students for careers in medicine and pharmaceutical work.

McIntyre, a senior biology major with a minor in psychology, is from Nokesville, Va. She is a member of the Philomathes Society, Bridgewater’s scholastic honor society; Alpha Chi, a national scholastic honors society; Beta Beta Beta, a national biological honors society; and Psi Chi, an international psychology honors society. She also is a member of the college’s Flory Honors Program.

This summer, McIntyre will be taking a 10-day Developing Future Biologists course at the University of Michigan.

Perkins received the Suter Endowed Scholarship of $9,300 for the 2019-’20 academic year. The award is presented to chemistry students with an interest in research and a minimum grade point average of 3.2.

Perkins, a senior biochemistry major with a minor in mathematics, is the daughter of Andrew and Denise Perkins of Franklin, Va. Perkins is a member of the Philomathes Society and Alpha Chi. She serves as a tutor for General Chemistry and is a laboratory assistant for the department of chemistry. She also is a member of the Chemistry Club.

This summer, Perkins will participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) at the University of Puerto Rico.

Todd was presented the Garland Reed Award that recognizes the best chemistry project conducted during the year at the college and includes a $1,500 cash prize. The award is named in memory of Garland L. Reed, a 1948 Bridgewater graduate in chemistry, who had a distinguished career in the Food and Drug Administration.

Todd, a senior chemistry major, is the daughter of Steve and Marcy Hollins of Radford, Va., and Jeff Todd. Todd serves as an academic coach and an academic tutor for Human Anatomy and Human Physiology.

Shingler, the winner of the Outstanding Senior Award, received a one-year membership in the ACS presented by the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society.

Shingler, a senior chemistry major with a minor in history, is from Bristow, Va. Shingler is a member of the Philomathes Society and Alpha Chi. She is a member of the Pre-Health Society and serves as president of the Chemistry Club.

During the summer of 2018, Shingler completed a REU program at Virginia Tech’s Macromolecules Innovation Institute, where she worked on improving the durability of Portland cement concrete.

Hancock and Pham were presented First-Year Chemistry Awards. The awards are presented to the top students in the general chemistry classes. Hancock, a sophomore chemistry major, is the son of Todd and Barbara Hancock of Ferrum, Va. Pham, a first-year student, is the daughter of Khanh Ngo of Harrisonburg, Va.