Awards

Each year, Saint Louis University’s Department of Chemistry recognizes outstanding students from undergraduate through doctoral levels for their accomplishments in chemistry. Gamma Sigma Epsilon, the national chemistry honor society, also recognizes students for their achievements in the field.

Undergraduate Awards

American Chemical Society Award in Analytical Chemistry

This award is given by the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry to recognize students who display an aptitude for a career in the field. The winner is determined by performance in analytical chemistry and approved by the analytical chemistry faculty in the department.

American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry

This award is given by the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry to recognize students who display an aptitude for a career in the chemistry field. The winner is determined by performance in inorganic chemistry and approved by the inorganic chemistry faculty. 

American Institute of Chemists Outstanding Senior Award

This award is given to a senior chemistry student and includes a certificate and a Merck Index. The winner will also have their name engraved on a plaque displayed in the front of Monsanto Hall.

Hugh B. Donahoe Award in Organic Chemistry

The Donahoe Award is named in honor of Hugh B. Donahoe, Ph.D., a member of the SLU chemistry faculty for over 20 years before his death in December 1972. It is given to a sophomore major who has displayed outstanding performance on a special exam given at the end of the two-semester undergraduate organic chemistry sequence. Donahoe’s wife, the late Jo Donahoe, established the award.

He was active in research, teaching and service during his time in the department. His teaching responsibilities were in the organic division but he had a strong interest in medicinal chemistry going back to his days in graduate school at the University of Kansas. The title of his Ph.D. thesis, completed under the supervision of his professor, Calvin VanderWerf, in 1950, was Hybrid Antimalarials; the Reaction of 8-Aminoquinolines with Nitrodiols.

He organized an active medicinal chemistry program at SLU, which produced graduates up to the Ph.D. level. Most of his research appeared in peer-reviewed organic and medicinal chemistry journals including the Journal of Organic Chemistry, the Journal of Immunology, the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, the Journal of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Applied Microbiology.

An article in the Journal of Chemical Education (“A Physiological Basis for the Grouping of the Elements, James Blake (1815-1893)”) was indicative of his interests in the history of chemistry and teaching. He also published in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (a precursor of Analytical Chemistry).

Donahoe’s work was supported by research contracts with government agencies, private foundations and corporations. He served the chemistry department as acting chair and associate chair. Other SLU activities included heading the University’s NASA committee, membership on the executive committee of the Project 21 Task Force, and serving on the admissions committee of Sigma Xi, the honorary scientific organization.

One of Donahoe’s postdoctoral co-workers at the time of his passing, Vincent Spaziano, Ph.D., was hired as his replacement and served the department with distinction as chair from 1987 to 2002. The department’s Vincent Spaziano Memorial Scholarship is named in his honor.

Hypercube Scholar Award

This award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate student who aspires to attend graduate school in the chemical sciences.

James D. Collins Award for Excellence in Student Academic Achievement

This award is given to a senior that has demonstrated outstanding work as a chemistry major.

Leopold Marcus Award

This award was established by Jack Marcus, owner and founder of Missouri Analytical Laboratories, and his wife, Gertrude Marcus, in honor of his father, Leopold Marcus. The purpose of the award is to encourage high achievement in chemistry at the undergraduate level. The award is open to seniors majoring in chemistry and biochemistry doing research in the SLU chemistry department under the supervision of a faculty member. The winner of the award receives a cash award and a certificate of achievement.

Outstanding Freshman Chemistry Student

This award is given to a freshman chemistry major who has displayed outstanding performance in the general chemistry sequence of courses.

Saint Louis Section ACS Outstanding Junior Chemistry Student

This award is given to an outstanding junior in the SLU chemistry program every year. A certificate is awarded and the winner’s name is engraved on a plaque displayed in the front of Monsanto Hall.

Graduate Awards

American Institute of Chemists Outstanding Doctoral Student Award

This award recognizes outstanding work by a chemistry doctoral student.

American Institute of Chemists Outstanding Master’s Student Award

This award recognizes outstanding work by a chemistry master’s student.

Carol M. and Joseph R. Franks Graduate Award in Chemistry

This award recognizes a Ph.D. student for academic excellence, excellence in research and professional service and includes a cash prize. The winner of this award must have passed both their oral and written qualifying exams by the nomination period.

SLU Chemistry Department Teaching Award

Two graduate teaching assistants are selected each year in recognition of their excellence and dedication in undergraduate teaching. They are presented with a monetary award and certificate.