Chemistry and Chemical Physics
1) Greater than 3.50 GPA in concentration (based on courses approved in ASK)
2) Poster presentation (generally a week or two before Spring break) on your research
3) Thesis that has been approved by advisor and department
- Note that AB candidates are also eligible for Honors if you satisfy these criteria (i.e. earning the ScB is not a requirement for Honors.)
- Oral presentations (typically held during Reading Period) are required for students who want their thesis to be considered for the Clapp Prize, but others are welcome to present as well.
1) A strong grade record in concentration courses. This means a grade point average for the concentration that is higher than 3.25.
2) Two semesters of Independent Study (CHEM 0970, CHEM 0980 or equivalent. Guidelines and requirements associated with Independent Study are in the Undergraduate Concentration Handbook.
3) A Thesis in a form approved by the research advisor, and recommended by the research advisor. Additional information about thesis guidelines will be provided by the Concentration Advisor in the first half of the fall semester.
The Brown University Chapter of Sigma Xi invites applicants from chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical physics seniors.
Submit an application to Sigma Xi. Please submit your application no later than February 1, 2018.
Qualifications for Associate Membership
Seniors (semester 7 and semester 8) who have demonstrated a high level of competence in science qualify.
1. A grade point average of 3.4 or better in the sciences. If your G.P.A. is close to this, and you have done research, please submit an application.
2. Twelve semester courses in sciences, including courses at the elementary level.
3a. Two courses beyond the elementary level in a science outside the student's department, OR
3b. Three courses, including courses at the elementary level, in two or more sciences outside the student's department, OR
3c. Involvement in a research project under supervision for at least one semester.
These qualifications are intended to be guidelines.
Undergraduate Prizes & Awards
The Department of Chemistry recognizes outstanding undergraduates at the annual Awards Ceremony in May.
FRESHMAN CHEMISTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This award is presented to the student who achieves the highest grade in each section of CHEM0330 during the academic year.
2017 Winners: Jung Ho Gong, Jon A. Nelson, Elliot H. Youth, & Edward P. Esposito III.
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY PRIZE
This award recognizes the student who achieves the highest grade in each section of CHEM0360 during the academic year.
2017 Winner: Alexander Iyer
NEW CONCENTRATOR PRIZE
This award recognizes the newly declared concentrator, in each of the three concentrations, with outstanding academic record.
2017 Winners: Douglas Shea (Biochemistry), Clark Zheng (Chemistry), & Noah Cowan (Chemical Physics)
This award recognizes the junior with the best overall record in each of the three concentrations.
2017 Winners: Lilit Grigoryan (Biochemistry) & Neville Dadina (Chemistry)
PAUL CROSS PRIZE
This award is presented to the senior who has demonstrated special promise in physical chemistry.
2017 Winners: Evangelos "Vaki" Nikitopoulos & Changhae Andrew Kim
THE ELAINE CHASE AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE
The Chase Award recognizes the student whose extraordinary leadership and service contributions during her/his years at Brown improved the department or the academic and educational experiences of all students.
2017 Recipient: Gregory Lowry
CLAPP PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE THESIS
This award recognizes the senior graduating with honors with an outstanding undergraduate thesis.
- Biochemistry – Margaret Rowe: "Structure/function analysis of a variable region in the catalytic domain of H3K9 methyltransferases" with advisor Prof. Judith Bender
- Chemistry – Evangelos "Vaki" Nikitopoulos: "Instantaneous Normal Mode Analysis on Manifolds" with advisor Prof. Richard Stratt
- Chemical Physics – Changhae Andrew Kim: "Laser-Initiated High-Temperature Chemistry and Microbubble Dynamics in Carbon Suspensions" with advisor Prof. Gerald Diebold