USciences Students Win Awards at Alpha Chi Honor Society Convention

By Jenna Pizzi

Two USciences students who attended this year’s Alpha Chi Honor Society Convention in Louisville, KY last month, came home with awards. 

Gia Storti C’18 won the Joseph E. and Bessie Mae Pryor Prize in Chemistry for the presentation titled “The Synthesis and Examination of the Colligative Properties of Amphiphilic Hybrid Molecular Brushes.” The award is named for Dr. Joseph E. Pryor, who led Alpha Chi for more than three decades, and his wife.

Jaspal Brar BI’18 won the Avery Grenfell Church Prize in Environmental Science for the presentation titled “Plasma Treatment of Water: A Solution for Water Conservation and a Way to Promote Growth.”

Brar was also awarded best regional paper in the sciences and was one of ten recipients of the $2,000 Alfred H. Noelle Scholarship. The Noelle Scholarship funds the senior year of undergraduate study and is named for one of the society’s pioneers, Dr. Alfred Noelle, who served as secretary-treasurer for 41 years.

"The annual Alpha Chi meeting is for honor students in all disciplines to present their work, and both Gia and Jaspal stood out as the best among the best, not just because of the quality of scientific research they presented, but they are both absolutely wonderful people –very outgoing and genuine!" said Dr. Stacey Gorski, assistant professor of biology. 

Brar plans to attend medical school after he graduates from USciences, while Storti will continue her education in pursuit of a career in industry to develop cosmetics.

Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society. Since 1922 its purpose has been to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.

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