Undergraduate Awards

Departmental Citations for Outstanding Graduating Seniors

Awarded to students with a GPA >3.6 with significant participation in undergraduate research and preference for students who have made other contributions to the department (e.g. service like tutoring or peer advisors; involvement in chemistry club; involvement in chemistry outreach, etc).

Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Chemistry Department

Awarded to one senior student in the Chemistry Department, selected from students already chosen for Departmental Citations for Outstanding Graduating Seniors.

Scholarship for Outstanding Performance in the Major

A $100 scholarship awarded to top students in each class of returning sophomores, juniors or seniors based on academic performance and participation in undergraduate research.

R. Bryan Miller Symposium Undergraduate Research Award

Awarded to a junior or senior undergraduate student performing research in areas relating to the biomedical or pharmaceutical sciences, especially (but not exclusively) synthetic organic chemistry and related fields. Requires participation in the annual R. Bryan Miller Symposium. Includes a monetary prize.

Maureen Bellettini Undergraduate Research Award

In memory of Maureen Bellettini to further the excellent teaching and research in the chemistry department. Awarded to a continuing junior or senior undergraduate student with a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Includes a monetary prize.

Maureen Bellettini Memorial Book Award

In memory of Maureen Bellettini to further the excellent teaching and research in the chemistry department. Awarded to a continuing junior or senior undergraduate student with a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Includes a monetary prize.

Novabay Undergraduate Award in Medicinal Chemistry

Awarded to a graduating senior student involved in a research area relating to Medicinal Chemistry. Nominees are evaluated based of publications and presentations, entrepreneurial spirit and motivation, and GPA (minimum GPA of 3.0). Applicant is required to submit a 1-page research summary. Includes a monetary prize.

Richard Larock Undergraduate Research Awards

Three awards presented to the top three undergraduate student presenters at the annual Richard Larock Research Conference. Includes a monetary prize for each award.

Hach Scientific Foundation Award

Awarded to candidates who demonstrate academic excellence within the chemistry major while also showing an interest in pursuing a career in the science-teaching professions. Includes a monetary fellowship.

Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship Award

The Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship (PUF) is an award to support undergraduate students doing research under the guidance of a UC Davis faculty member. The maximum award is $1,800 toward approved costs directly related to the project.

ACS Undergraduate Award - Analytical

A distinction awarded by the American Chemical Society based on department nomination. The nominee must be a continuing junior or senior undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor's degree in the chemical sciences with a GPA of 3.5 or higher who has taken at least one of the CHE 105/115/125 series courses. Preference for participation in undergraduate research.

ACS Undergraduate Award - Inorganic

A distinction awarded by the American Chemical Society based on department nomination. The nominee must be a senior student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the chemical sciences who has performed research in the lab of an active member of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

ACS Undergraduate Award - Organic

A distinction awarded by the American Chemical Society based on department nomination. The nominee must be a senior student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the chemical sciences who has performed research in the lab of an active member of the Division of Organic Chemistry.

2016 Award Recipients

Citation for Outstanding Graduating Senior

  • Jessica Farnham, ACS
  • Patrick Fitzgerald, ACS
  • Sydnee Green, ACS
  • Adam Jenkins, ACS
  • Colton Ku, Pharmaceutical
  • Roberto Nava, Pharmaceutical
  • Austin Phung, Pharmaceutical
  • Sahana Rajan, Pharmaceutical
  • Andrew Teuthorn, ACS
  • Sokena Zaidi, Pharmaceutical

Outstanding Graduating Senior Award

  • Sydnee Green
  • Adam Jenkins
  • Sahana Rajan

Scholarship for Outstanding Performance in the Major

  • Sheila Angulo
  • Matthew Cheung
  • Ardavan Farahvash
  • Alexandra Greb
  • Navtej Grewal
  • Zackery Gruey
  • Noura Itani
  • Adam Kagel
  • Ming Yin Kwong
  • Yiyun Liu
  • Jonathan Luke
  • Alexandra Milkey
  • Minh Nguyen
  • Kyle Phan
  • Jenna Pregent
  • Brian Roehrich
  • Marina Shatskikh
  • Jeanelle Smoot
  • Alexander Staat
  • Sara Stanley
  • Khoi Tran
  • Alec Tyra
  • Holly Vickery
  • Maria Wong Chang

Richard Larock Undergraduate Research Award

  • Colin Unger, Kovnir Group (1st Place)
  • Sahana Rajan, Ames Group (2nd Place)
  • Sydnee Green, David Group and Andrew Teuthorn, Kurth Group (tied-3rd Place)

Hach Scientific Foundation Award

  • Jessica Farnham
  • Michael Green

Ramin Najafi/Novabay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Undergraduate Award in Medicinal Chemistry

  • Colton Ku

Outstanding Contribution to the Undergraduate Class

  • Anna Johnston

Maureen Bellettini Undergraduate Research Award

  • Sarah Potter

Maureen Bellettini Memorial Book Award

  • Ben Wigman

ACS Undergraduate Award Nominee - Analytical

  • Ardavan Farahvash

ACS Undergraduate Award Nominee - Inorganic

  • Sokena Zaidi

ACS Undergraduate Award Nominee - Organic

  • Colton Ku

Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship Awards

  • Ada Kwong, Shaw Group

McNair Program Scholars

  • Blanca Gomez
  • Maria Wong Chang

Beckman Scholar

  • Ada Kwong

2016 Graduating Seniors Awarded Departmental High or Highest Honors

  • Joseph Beckett, Mascal Group (Highest)
  • Bill Chan, Siegel Group (Highest)
  • Haley Cynar, Russell Group, Earth and Planetary Sciences (Highest)
  • Sydnee Green, David Group (Highest)
  • Adam Jenkins, Ng Group (Highest)
  • Anna Johnston, Osterloh Group (Highest)
  • Sarah Llyod, Osterloh Group (Highest)
  • Roberto Nava, Wulff Group (Highest)
  • Austin Phung, Wang Group (Highest) 
  • Sahana Rajan, Ames Group (Highest)
  • Carolina Ryklansky, Siegel Group (Highest)
  • Jason Yun, Louie Group (Highest)
  • Sokena Zaidi, Berben Group (High)

2015 Award Recipients

Citation for Outstanding Graduating Senior

  • Eric Chan, Pharmaceutical
  • Jessica Greene, Forensic
  • Giang Ho, Pharmaceutical
  • Blanka Hodur, Pharmaceutical
  • Airi Kawamura, ACS
  • Eric Lovejoy, Forensic
  • Ryan Riparetti, ACS
  • Brian Shao, Pharmaceutical
  • Xue Sheng, Pharmaceutical
  • Michael St. Peter, Pharmaceutical
  • Zi Yao, ACS

Outstanding Graduating Senior Award

  • Zi Yao, ACS

Scholarship for Outstanding Performance in the Major

  • Natalie DeForest
  • Shelly Do
  • Diego Docto
  • Alexandra Greb
  • Lara Ibrahim
  • Ming Yin Kwong
  • Alayna Nguyen
  • Anna Pischer
  • Kelly Wang
  • Tong Wu
  • Hongji Yuan

Richard Larock Undergraduate Research Award

  • Sokena Zaidi, Berben Group (1st Place)
  • Zi Yao, Shaw Group (2nd Place)
  • Airi Kawamura, Kauzlarich Group (3rd Place)

Hach Scientific Foundation Award

  • Ashley Jess
  • Nancy Tran

Outstanding Contribution to the Undergraduate Class

  • Haley Cynar
  • Jose Torres

Maureen Bellettini Undergraduate Research Award

  • Sydnee Green

Maureen Bellettini Memorial Book Award

  • Sarah Lloyd

ACS Undergraduate Award Nominee - Analytical

  • Adam Jenkins

ACS Undergraduate Award Nominee - Inorganic

  • Sydnee Green

ACS Undergraduate Award Nominee - Organic

  • Zi Yao

Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship Awards

  • Jesse Tomayo, Casey Group (One Electron Oxidation of an Isotopically Labeled Cobalt Trimer)

R. Bryan Miller Symposium Award

  • Anisha Rajavel, David Group

2015 Graduating Seniors Awarded Departmental High or Highest Honors

  • Rachel Caynak, Tran Group (Highest)
  • Eric Chan, Kauzlarich Group (High)
  • Jessica Greene, Lebrilla Group (Highest)
  • Hailey Hibbard, Franz Group (Highest)
  • Giang Ho, Chen Group (High)
  • Blanka Hodur, Shaw Group (Highest)
  • Airi Kawamura, Kauzlarich Group (Highest)
  • Christie Lee, Chen Group (High)
  • Eric Lovejoy, Lebrilla Group (Highest)
  • Jennifer Muncan, Schore Group (High)
  • Brian Shao, Chen Group (Highest)
  • Galen Shearn-Nance, Shaw Group (High)
  • Xue Sheng, Chen Group (Highest)
  • Catherine Sierra, Toney Group (Highest)
  • Michael St. Peter, Shaw Group (Highest)
  • Zi Yao, Shaw Group (Highest)