On Sunday, May 28, 2017, graduating students, invited guests, and faculty gathered at MacMillan Hall for the Chemistry Department Diploma Ceremony, led by Department Chair Paul G. Williard.
Seven graduate students received their Ph.D. degrees earlier in the day at the Graduate School ceremonies. The newly conferred Doctors of Philosophy were called to the front of the room to celebrate their accomplishments and share the next phase of their careers. Dr. Yinjia Zhang was awarded the Department of Chemistry’s Potter Prize for Doctoral Thesis of Outstanding Merit, awarded annually to the graduate with “most exceptional chemistry PhD dissertation as judged by a faculty committee.”
In addition, three students received a Master of Arts in Chemistry, one received a Master of Science in Chemistry, and another was awarded a Master of Science in PRIME through Brown's Open Graduate Education Program.
Prof. Williard and University Trustee Srihari Naidu ScB’93 MD’97 presented diplomas to candidates for Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Physics, Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. True to the interdisciplinary nature of Brown undergraduate study, some graduates completed double concentrations in fields including mathematics, computer science, physics, anthropology, classics, and visual arts. In total, 30 undergraduates received diplomas among friends, family, and department faculty.
The Department of Chemistry wishes the best of luck to all of its 2017 graduating class. Congratulations!