Jun 30, 2022
2022 Undergraduate Departmental Awards

Thanks to our generous donors, 35 talented undergraduates received departmental awards this year in recognition of their accomplishments in academics and in research.

The 2022 Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Departmental Awards were presented to our students at our annual departmental awards ceremony on May 13, 2022. Congratulations to all the recipients listed below!

We are incredibly grateful to our donors whose generous gifts make these awards possible.

DANIEL E. ATKINSON AND CHARLES A. WEST PRIZE IN METABOLIC BIOCHEMISTRY
This award is named in honor of the second and third biochemists on the UCLA faculty, who taught generations of students over their forty-year careers and were largely responsible for the development of biochemistry within the department.


Alek Muro and Emily Lu

CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMICS
This award is made possible by the generous support of many alumni and friends of the department.


Eric Lin, Kyle Nagasawa, Susan Huh, Victoria Zheng, and Zoe Gleason.

ETHEL TERRY MCCOY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING WOMEN STUDENTS IN CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
These awards honor chemists Dr. Ethel Terry McCoy and her husband Dr. Herbert Newby McCoy who had successful careers at the University of Chicago and in industry. Each year the award is given to outstanding female chemistry and biochemistry students.


Top row: Alena Yang, Bella Wachter, Sunny Wu, Katherine Downs. Bottom row: Silvi Lybbert, Sophia Westerkamp, Rachel Jiang, Courtney Lok. Individual photos (top to bottom): Nika Gladkov, Rachel Ma, Kaitlyn Nguyen, Lauren Vuong. Not pictured: Rebecca Li

GOLD FAMILY FOUNDATION AWARD
Thanks to the continued generosity of the Dr. Marvin and Sophye Gold Family Foundation of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry can support promising young chemists and biochemists with financial need and encourage undergraduates to pursue careers in chemistry and biochemistry professions.


Ryan Dinh

HOSMER STONE AWARDS
The award was established in 1970 to honor the late Professor Hosmer Stone, one of the department’s first faculty members. It is awarded to the freshman chemistry and biochemistry student who had the best grades after his/her first year in chemistry and biochemistry classes during the 2020-21 academic year.


Maximilian Floridia, Tim Duong, Madison Bang, Haley Gauer, Ashley Feng, Benjamin Nguyen, Andrew Yim.  Not pictured Isaiah Lee.

LORRAINE H. AND MASUO TOJI UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP FOR EXCELLENCE IN CHEMISTRY
These awards were established in 2019 thanks to a $1 million gift from the estate of Lorraine and Masuo Toji.


Palak Jariwala, Tracie Luu, and Jasmine Tzeng

RAYMOND AND DOROTHY WILSON DEPARTMENT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMICS
These awards were established by alumnus Raymond A. Wilson (’43) and his wife Dorothy as a tribute to the UCLA chemistry professors who, more than seventy years ago, had such a profound impact on Raymond when he was a bright young chemistry student.


Nolan Lok

RAYMOND AND DOROTHY WILSON DEPARTMENT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH
These awards were established by alumnus Raymond A. Wilson (’43) and his wife Dorothy as a tribute to the UCLA chemistry professors who, more than seventy years ago, had such a profound impact on Raymond when he was a bright young chemistry student.


Xavier Herrera

RAYMOND AND DOROTHY WILSON DEPARTMENT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AND ACADEMICS
These awards were established by alumnus Raymond A. Wilson (’43) and his wife Dorothy as a tribute to the UCLA chemistry professors who, more than seventy years ago, had such a profound impact on Raymond when he was a bright young chemistry student.


Diane Kang

To contribute to our undergraduate student departmental award fund or to establish a new named award, please contact Alex Hood, Associate Director of Development, Physical Sciences, at ahood@support.ucla.edu or (310) 486-6956. Your gift of any size will directly impact one of our world-class students and aspiring scientists! 

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, penny@chem.ucla.edu.