Three chemistry majors honored with awards from the American Chemical Society.

The local chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Carolina-Piedmont (C-P) section awarded chemistry major Hayden Lane, Clayton, N.C., the Outstanding Leadership Award and Samantha Steyl, Charlotte, N.C., the Excellence in Scholastic Achievement Award.

Lane is a chemistry major in the Certified Chemist concentration and was also chosen for the Department of Chemistry Leadership Award for 2018 at Appalachian State University. Lane’s faculty mentor, Lauren Gray Woods, notes Lane’s dedication to the Appalachian Chemical Society and his strengths as a leader in the department:

“Hayden has been involved in the Appalachian Chemical Society for the last few years, taking on leadership roles before becoming an officer position and eventually the president of the club. He was able to motivate student participation and with his help, we saw an increase in membership and a growth in the club. Hayden will be graduating in May and will be attending the University of Arizona.”

Steyl is a chemistry major in the pre-professional & paramedical track. She will graduate with University and Departmental honors and was also the winner of the Department of Chemistry Outstanding Senior Award for 2018. Steyl’s mentor, Brooke Christian, notes:

“Sam has done research in my lab since the fall of 2015, my first semester here. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to mentor Sam in the laboratory and in the classroom. She is an amazing student researcher and is much deserving of the ACS award.”

Every year, the Carolina-Piedmont Section of the American Chemical Society sponsors three awards for undergraduate students enrolled in colleges or universities within the Section’s geographical area. Section members submit nominations and a committee from ACS C-P selects awardees. The purpose of these awards is to recognize top-achieving seniors majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering.

A third student, Ashlyn Whitesell, Advance, N.C., was honored with an award from the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry. Whitesell is a chemistry major in the pre-professional & paramedical track. This award is the most outstanding senior undergraduate organic chemistry award and is intended to recognize senior students who display a significant aptitude for organic chemistry and to encourage further interest in the field. Nicholas Shaw, Whitesell’s mentor, recognizes her outstanding work:

“Ashlyn is an elite student in my laboratory and possesses a skill set consistent with a second or third year graduate student. In the classroom/as a student Ashlyn possesses the rare combination of pure intelligence and hard work – the opposite of wasted talent.”

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