Student Achievements and Awards

UFV Awards in Chemistry

Chemistry Department Awards

Each year the Department of Chemistry presents awards to students who demonstrate outstanding achievements in the chemistry courses taken that year. Winners are selected by members of the Chemistry Department.

1. Outstanding Achievement in First-Year Chemistry

Value of award: $50 (Prior to 2012/2013 award was a book with approx. value of $100)

  • 1997/1998 Michael Hildebrand, Harpreet Kaler
  • 1998/1999 Jessica McAllister
  • 1999/2000 Thea Heemskerk, Melissa Wong
  • 2000/2001 Zachary Klaassen
  • 2001/2002 Sylvia Rempel
  • 2002/2003 Michael Verde
  • 2003/2004 Christoph Brandt
  • 2004/2005 Steven Green
  • 2005/2006 Geoffrey Burton, Van Dinh, Christina Les
  • 2006/2007 Ashley Epp, Kurt Jordan
  • 2007/2008 Gagandeep Saran
  • 2008/2009 Jaspreet Lidder, Harman Sidhu, Navdeep Sidhu, Ravinder Sidhu
  • 2009/2010 Mohmeet Brar, Paul Foth
  • 2010/2011 John Alexander, Joshua Nickel, Kaori Sogame, Alexa Dobie 
  • 2011/2012 Alexandra Driedger, Nicole van Spronsen
  • 2012/2013 Cody Esau, Samuel Harder, Gagan Rai, Alyssa Zucchet
  • 2013/2014 Charles A. Dick, Darryl Wilson, Abhijit Clair, Ryan Robson

2. Outstanding Achievement in Second-Year Chemistry

This award is currently sponsored by Fisher Scientific.
Value of award: $100

  • 1997/1998 Michael Toop
  • 1998/1999 Michael Hildebrand
  • 1999/2000 Janina Kobes
  • 2000/2001 David Moen
  • 2001/2002 Melissa Wong
  • 2002/2003 Heather More
  • 2003/2004 Laura Gronkjaer
  • 2004/2005 Mike Kerr
  • 2005/2006 Joel Krueger
  • 2006/2007 Van Dinh
  • 2007/2008 Heather Wiebe
  • 2008/2009 Brittany Tarras
  • 2009/2010 Rosanna Martens
  • 2010/2011 Paul Foth, Brandon Yanciw
  • 2012/2013 Alexandra Driedger
  • 2013/2014 Alyssa Zucchet

3. Outstanding Achievement in Third-Year Chemistry and Canadian Society for Chemistry Silver Medal

The Canadian Society for Chemistry Silver Medal is awarded annually to the most outstanding student who has completed the penultimate year of a chemistry program during the preceding 12 months.

Value of award: $100 and medal

  • 1999/2000 Michael Hildebrand
  • 2000/2001 Not awarded
  • 2001/2002 Ken Dykstra
  • 2002/2003 Lori Thiele
  • 2003/2004 Lisa Ego
  • 2004/2005 Pamela Jenks
  • 2005/2006 Christine McLoughlin
  • 2006/2007 Evelyn Verhoef
  • 2007/2008 Elna Deglint
  • 2008/2009 Melissa Prachnau
  • 2009/2010 Heather Wiebe
  • 2010/2011 Jenna Peters
  • 2012/2013 Andrew Alexander
  • 2013/2014 Alexandra Driedger, Lydia Cram

4. Outstanding Achievement by a Student Graduating with a Chemistry Major

Candidates must have completed a Chemistry major with a good GPA and must have made a significant contribution to the Department of Chemistry during their time at UFV. This award is currently sponsored by Fisher Scientific.

Value of award: $350 ($100 prior to 2011-2012 ) 

  • 2004/2005 Lisa Ego
  • 2005/2006 Not awarded
  • 2006/2007 Christine McLoughlin
  • 2007/2008 Evelyn Verhoef
  • 2008/2009 Van Dinh
  • 2009/2010 Not awarded
  • 2010/2011 Melissa Prachnau and Heather Martens  
  • 2012/2013 Paul Foth
  • 2013/2014 Meagan Beatty

 

UFV Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards

UFV Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards of up to $1000 are presented to those students who have completed outstanding research projects under the supervision of a UFV faculty member. Details of past winners from the Department of Chemistry are as follows:

2014

  • Meagan Beatty — Provost & VP Academic Award ($200): Uncovering the truth about nitro-pyrroles while synthesizing a macrocyclic anion receptor

2013

  • Brandon Yanciw — Provost and VP Academic ($200): In Vitro Evolution of RNA‐Cleaving DNA with Peptide Cofactors
  • Paul Foth — Dean of Science Award ($150): Synthetic Steps of GFP Chromophore Analogue
  • Danielle Hamel, Andrew Alexander, and Jessica Tennant — Vice Provost and AVP Academic  ($150): Examining the suitability of lipid nanoparticles constructed with novel synthetic lipids for ionophore-mediated uptake of anticancer drugs

2012

  • Jenna Peters - AVP Research and Graduate Studies
  • Jason Ho - Dean of Science Award
  • Meagan Beatty - Dean of Science Award
  • Brandon Yanciw - Undergraduate Research Excellence Award: Potential Energy Surfaces of Reaction Systems Under Extreme Pressure

2011

  • Jenna Peters —  VP Academic and Provost Award
  • Jenna Peters  and Jacob Spooner— Undergraduate Research Excellence Award: Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Drug Action and Drug Delivery Mechanisms
  • Heather Martens - Industry Liaison Award: Techniques for the Regeneration of Petroleum-Contaminated Vegetable Oil

2010

  • Heather Martens
  • Melissa Prachnau


2009

  • Elna Deglint


2008

  • Jeffery Perkins
  • Christa van Klei


Previous years
Name: Sonny Dhaliwal
Value of the award: $750
Project: How Quickly do Knotty Molecules Lose Their Energy as They Grow Up?
Supervisor: Dr. Noham Weinberg

Name: Christine McLoughlin
Value of the award: $750
Project: Conjugation in Azines
Supervisor: Dr. Noham Weinberg

Name: Christine McLoughlin
Value of the award: $1000
Project: Molecular Dynamics of Aqueous Nanodroplets
Supervisor: Dr. Noham Weinberg

Name: Christine McLoughlin
Value of the award: $1000
Project: Measuring Chirality by Chiral Interactions
Supervisor: Dr. Noham Weinberg

 

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Alexander Graham Bell
Canada Graduate Scholarships

2012

  • Jenna Peters - Developmental Epigenetics

2011

  • Heather Martens

 

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award

2012

  • Brandon Yanciw
  • Brandon Wiebe

2011

  • Heather Martens
  • Brandon Yanciw

 

Other Awards

Creo Award (formerly The Chemical Institute of Canada Achievement Award)

Each college, university college, and university in BC (except those on Vancouver Island or in Prince George) nominates a second-year student to receive this award, currently valued at $100. The awards are presented at a dinner meeting of the Vancouver section of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

  • 2000/2001 David Moen
  • 2001/2002 Melissa Wong
  • 2002/2003 Heather More
  • 2003/2004 Laura Gronkjaer

 

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