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The American Institute of Chemists Foundation is presented to a student or students majoring in biochemistry or chemistry for outstanding scholastic achievement and ability. The recipient of this award is Alex Jarnot.

Alex is a senior chemistry major from Prince Frederick, Maryland. Alex is a member of the Hood College Honors Program and is completing minors in both physics and studio art. Alex is the president of the Clay Club, the vice president of the Free Radicals Chemistry Club, the vice president of Mortar Board, and is a member of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society. Alex has participated in research projects on and off campus for the past two summers and presented his research at both regional and national meetings. He plans to attend graduate school for chemistry at the University of California, Irvine.

The Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society presents an award to an outstanding upper-level student in chemistry at each of the participating colleges in the state. The prizes were awarded at a banquet and ceremony held recently in Towson, Maryland. This year’s recipient is Timothy Diethrich.

Timothy is a chemistry major from Point of Rocks, Maryland. Tim enrolled at Hood in fall 2015 after completing his associate degree at Frederick Community College. Tim is a member of the Hood College Honors Program, an active member of the Free Radicals Chemistry Club and also a member of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society. Tim was the recipient of The George G. Kleinspehn Honor Scholarship last year. Tim has conducted research at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research in the Protein Engineering section of the Macromolecular Crystallography Lab for the past two years, including a Departmental Honors project this year. He has presented his research at several local and national meetings. He has been accepted to three Ph.D. programs in chemistry and is still deciding where to go.

The Elizabeth B. Bower Prize, honoring the late Elizabeth B. Bower, is awarded annually to an outstanding student in chemistry. The prize was established in 1956 by the late Rebecca Ann Eversole Parker ’55, who was inspired by Professor Bower to make chemistry her career. At the time of her death, Rebecca was studying for her doctorate in chemistry at Oxford University. In 1962, the Eversole family endowed the prize as a memorial to Rebecca. Katlin Recabo is this year’s recipient.

Katlin is a biochemistry major from Hagerstown, Maryland. Katlin transferred to Hood in fall 2015 from Hagerstown Community College. She is a member of the Hood College Honors Program, an active member of the Free Radicals Chemistry Club and a recent inductee into the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society. Katlin conducted research on campus last summer with Dr. Ensel synthesizing inhibitors for botulinum neurotoxins and has presented her research at both regional and national meetings.

The Chemistry Achievement Award is presented by the CRC Press, Inc., to the highest-ranking, first-year student in Chemistry 101-102 during the current academic year. The award goes to Drew Bowen.

Drew is a first-year student from New Market, Maryland. Drew graduated from Oakdale High School last year and enrolled at Hood in August. He is a member of the Hood College Honors Program and plans to major in an area of science.

The Department of Chemistry and Physics Faculty Award is presented to an outstanding senior major. The department faculty provides this book prize annually. This year’s recipients are Angela Mansfield, Elizabeth Slick and Reem Zietoon.

Angela is a senior majoring in chemistry and math. She is from Frederick, Maryland. She is an avid equestrian, a member of the women’s cross country team, and a member of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society. Angela has spent the last two summers working alongside Dr. Bennett and Dr. Stromberg as part of a National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education project. She has presented her research multiple times at local and national meetings.

Elizabeth is a chemistry major from Boonsboro, Maryland. Elizabeth enrolled at Hood as a freshman in fall 2013. She is a member of the Hood College Honors Program and is also pursuing minors in physics and mathematics. She has sufficient course work to also be a biochemistry major but cannot double major in both areas, so she is officially a chemistry major (but unofficially she is BOTH!). Elizabeth is the president of the Free Radicals Chemistry Club and an active member of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society. Elizabeth worked with Dr. Ensel on a project involving the synthesis of inhibitors for the botulinum neurotoxins and has presented her research at both regional and national meetings.

Reem is a senior biochemistry major. She is from Germantown, Maryland, and has been at Hood for the past four years. Reem is a member of the Hood College Honors Program, the president of Mortar Board, the treasurer of the Free Radicals Chemistry Club and also a member of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society. She worked last summer conducting research with Dr. Lawrence that involved the expression and purification of zinc-finger proteins. She has presented her results at multiple meetings, both local and national.

The George G. Kleinspehn Honor Scholarship is named in honor of the late Whitaker Professor Emeritus George G. Kleinspehn and is awarded to a student whose record in two semesters of organic chemistry at Hood College is outstanding. Professor Kleinspehn taught at Hood from 1967 to 1993. Prior to coming to Hood, Professor Kleinspehn had research experience on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, at the Johns Hopkins University and at the U.S. Army Ballistics Research Laboratories in Aberdeen, Maryland. Elien Comhaire is this year’s winner.

Elien is a sophomore biology and math double major from New Market, Maryland. She is a member of the women’s soccer team and Mortar Board and is considering attending medical school after graduation.

The Elizabeth Leiby Wood Prize is awarded to a member of the rising senior class who is an overall outstanding student and has accomplished superior work in chemistry or biochemistry. The prize was established in 1944 by Scott S. Leiby in honor of his daughter, Elizabeth, ’38. The prize is awarded to Laura Ribeiro.

Laura is a junior majoring in biochemistry. She is from Brazil and has been a Hood student since fall 2014. She is a member of the Hood College Honors Program and is also pursuing a minor in physics. She is the president of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society and an active member of the Free Radicals Chemistry Club. She will be working this summer at the Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The Vesta Hoffman Osler '30 Chemistry Award was established in 2011 by Vesta Osler Mershon and Estelle Osler Hess in memory of their mother, Vesta Hoffman Osler ’30. The award is presented to the highest-ranking junior chemistry major. The award recipient is Sarah Wirick.

Sarah is a chemistry major from Walkersville, Maryland. She enrolled at Hood as a first-year student in fall 2014. Sarah is a member of the Hood College Honors Program and a member of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society.