Every fall and spring semester, Chemistry & Biochemistry selects a graduating senior to receive the Outstanding Graduating Senior award.
Candidates for this award excel in their studies, as evidenced by having a GPA of 3.5 or better, are involved in research, and are recognized as a leader within the campus or the larger community. The balance between these different aspects will vary, but every nominee is typically strong in all three areas.
Students may self-nominate, but candidates who have strong endorsements from chemistry faculty are most strongly considered. Application details and forms are sent to qualified students.
Once the winner is chosen at the Department level, the application packet is forwarded to the College of Science for college-wide competition. At a special College reception, the Department and College award recipients are presented with their awards. Each recipient is also mentioned in the Commencement Booklet at the College of Science graduation ceremony. The student who is selected by the College of Science as "Outstanding Senior" has the honor of addressing the audience and fellow graduates at commencement!