Bridgewater College Recognizes Excellence in Chemistry

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

The following awards were presented: the John Martin Award for Organic Chemistry to Heather Knott, the Dr. Stuart R. Suter Endowed Scholarship to Jonathan Brubaker and Era Shehu, the Garland L. Reed Chemistry Award to Benjamin Hancock and Tyler Lynn, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Outstanding Senior Award to Jyailah Friendly and the Joseph M. and Jane A. Crockett Award to Kara Eppard and Marshall Ritchie.

Knott 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.

Knott, a junior chemistry major, is the daughter of John and Amy Knott of Dayton, Va. Knott is a member of Beta, Beta, Beta, a national biological honor society, and a member of Bridgewater’s Flory Honors Program.

Brubaker and Shehu each received a Suter Endowed Scholarship of $5,000 for the 2021-22 academic year. The award is presented to chemistry students with an interest in research and a minimum grade point average of 3.2.

Brubaker, a junior chemistry major, is the son of Donnie and Missy Brubaker of Penn Laird, Va. Brubaker will do a chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates at James Madison University this summer.

Shehu, a junior chemistry major, is the son of Roland and Kostandina Shehu of Rockingham, Va.

Hancock and Lynn were presented the Garland Reed Award that recognizes the best chemistry project conducted during the year at the college and includes a $1,000 cash prize for each recipient. 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.

Hancock, a senior chemistry major, is the son of Todd and Barbara Hancock of Ferrum, Va. Hancock is a member of Alpha Chi, a national scholastic honor society. He will do a photonics Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Rochester in New York this summer.

Lynn is a junior biochemistry major from Manassas, Va.

Friendly, 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.

Friendly, a senior biochemistry and applied physics double major, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sean Friendly of Manassas, Va. Friendly is a member of the Philomathes Society, Bridgewater’s scholastic honor society, and a member of the Flory Honors Program.

Following graduation on May 1, Friendly will attend Duke University’s Department of Population Health Sciences.

Eppard and Ritchie received the Joseph M. and Jane A. Crockett Awards.

The Joseph M. and Jane A. Crockett Award recognizes excellence in academic performance of two first-year students in chemistry courses. This award is named for Dr. Joseph M. Crockett, and his wife, Jane. Crockett, professor of chemistry at Bridgewater College for 35 years, retired at the end of the 2020-21 academic year holding the position of A. LeRoy and Wanda H. Baker Chair of Science.

Eppard, a chemistry major, is the daughter of David and Maria Eppard of Elkton, Va. Eppard is a member of the Flory Honors Program.

Ritchie, a biochemistry major, is the son of Johnathan and Holly Ritchie of Weyers Cave, Va. Ritchie is a member of the Pre-health Society.

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