Each year, Saint Louis University’s Department of Chemistry recognizes outstanding students from undergraduate through doctoral levels for their accomplishments in chemistry. Gamma Sigma Epsilon, the national chemistry honor society, also recognizes students for their achievements in the field.
This award is given by the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry
to recognize students who display an aptitude for a career in the field. The winner
is determined by performance in analytical chemistry and approved by the analytical
chemistry faculty in the department.
Award recipient: Mingyu Choi
This award is given by the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry
to recognize students who display an aptitude for a career in the chemistry field.
The winner is determined by performance in inorganic chemistry and approved by the
inorganic chemistry faculty.
Award recipient: Anna Priddy
This award is given to a senior chemistry student and includes a certificate and a
Merck Index. The winner will also have their name engraved on a plaque displayed in
the front of Monsanto Hall.
Award recipient: Clara Hart
The Donahoe Award is named in honor of Hugh B. Donahoe, Ph.D., a member of the SLU chemistry faculty for over 20 years before his death in December 1972. It is given to a sophomore major who has displayed outstanding performance on a special exam given at the end of the two-semester undergraduate organic chemistry sequence. Donahoe’s wife, the late Jo Donahoe, established the award.
He was active in research, teaching and service during his time in the department. His teaching responsibilities were in the organic division but he had a strong interest in medicinal chemistry going back to his days in graduate school at the University of Kansas. The title of his Ph.D. thesis, completed under the supervision of his professor, Calvin VanderWerf, in 1950, was Hybrid Antimalarials; the Reaction of 8-Aminoquinolines with Nitrodiols.
He organized an active medicinal chemistry program at SLU, which produced graduates up to the Ph.D. level. Most of his research appeared in peer-reviewed organic and medicinal chemistry journals including the Journal of Organic Chemistry, the Journal of Immunology, the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, the Journal of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Applied Microbiology.
An article in the Journal of Chemical Education (“A Physiological Basis for the Grouping of the Elements, James Blake (1815-1893)”) was indicative of his interests in the history of chemistry and teaching. He also published in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (a precursor of Analytical Chemistry).
Donahoe’s work was supported by research contracts with government agencies, private foundations and corporations. He served the chemistry department as acting chair and associate chair. Other SLU activities included heading the University’s NASA committee, membership on the executive committee of the Project 21 Task Force, and serving on the admissions committee of Sigma Xi, the honorary scientific organization.
One of Donahoe’s postdoctoral co-workers at the time of his passing, Vincent Spaziano,
Ph.D., was hired as his replacement and served the department with distinction as
chair from 1987 to 2002. The department’s Vincent Spaziano Memorial Scholarship is
named in his honor.
Award recipients: Rishi Patel and Mingyu Choi
This award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate student who aspires to attend graduate school in the chemical sciences.
This award is given to a senior that has demonstrated outstanding work as a chemistry
Award recipient: Mark Cheneler
This award was established by Jack Marcus, owner and founder of Missouri Analytical
Laboratories, and his wife, Gertrude Marcus, in honor of his father, Leopold Marcus.
The purpose of the award is to encourage high achievement in chemistry at the undergraduate
level. The award is open to seniors majoring in chemistry and biochemistry doing research
in the SLU chemistry department under the supervision of a faculty member. The winner
of the award receives a cash award and a certificate of achievement.
Award recipient: Rob Filla
This award is given to a freshman chemistry major who has displayed outstanding performance
in the general chemistry sequence of courses.
Award recipient: Arjun Bagai
This award is given to an outstanding junior in the SLU chemistry program every year.
A certificate is awarded and the winner’s name is engraved on a plaque displayed in
the front of Monsanto Hall.
Award recipient: Melissa Kimlinger
This award recognizes outstanding work by a chemistry doctoral student.
This award recognizes outstanding work by a chemistry master’s student.
Award recipient: Chelsea Deleon
This award recognizes a Ph.D. student for academic excellence, excellence in research
and professional service and includes a cash prize. The winner of this award must
have passed both their oral and written qualifying exams by the nomination period.
Award recipient: Sara Omlid
Two graduate teaching assistants are selected each year in recognition of their excellence
and dedication in undergraduate teaching. They are presented with a monetary award
Award recipients: Melissa Hopfinger and Thomas Campbell