Honors & Awards

Honors Requirements

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.  

Biochemistry
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 0970CHEM 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.

   

Sigma Xi

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. 

Qualifications:

 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. 
2018 Winners: Chloe Finch, Lawrence Huang, Lucas Paulo de Lima Camillo, & Nicholas Scott
  

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY PRIZE

This award recognizes the student who achieves the highest grade in each section of CHEM0360 during the academic year.  
2018 Winner: Aayush Kothari & Hanley Ma 
  

NEW CONCENTRATOR PRIZE

This award recognizes the newly declared concentrator, in each of the three concentrations, with outstanding academic record. 
2018 Winners: Chemistry: Jung Ho Gong / Biochemistry: Hanly Ma / Chemical Physics: Andrew Ton
  

JUNIOR PRIZE

This award recognizes the junior with the best overall record in each of the three concentrations.
2018 Winners: Chemistry: Edward Esposito / Biochemistry: Lucy Jia / Chemical Physics: Noah Cowan
  

PAUL CROSS PRIZE

This award is presented to the senior who has demonstrated special promise in physical chemistry. 
2018 Winners: Artur Avkhadiev
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CLAPP PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE THESIS

This award recognizes the senior graduating with honors with an outstanding undergraduate thesis.

2018 Winners: 

  • Biochemistry – Lilit Grigoryan (thesis: "Identification of Different Stages of Effector CD8+ T cell Differentiation with Prof. Laurent Brossay)
  • Chemistry – Joseph Capani (thesis: "Two-Dimensional Polymerization of Self-Assembled Monolayers" with Prof. Matthew Zimmt) 
     
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.  

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updated 5/9/2018