Congratulations, 2021 Chemistry Graduates!

Graduates tossing caps against confetti background

We are so proud of our Chemistry Graduates!

Jacob Baush, Irina Biloiu, Justin Blundell, Gregory Buchanan, Daniel Chambers, Ziming Chen, Sage Clark, Amelia Cochran, Rachel Cohen, Julianna Direnzo, Hannah English, Bohan Feng, Albert Flater, Alexander Gauthier, Haley Gerber, Casey Hannigan, Tristan Heck, Nicholas Heller, Alexander Hill, Brandon Italiano, Cameron Kaminsky, Tiernan Kennedy, Ellen Kernan, Samuel Knight, Stephanie Lamkin, Wenwei Liang, Karan Monesh Hinduja, Samantha Napolitano, Douglas Pazitka-Dorado, Olivia Pietrobuono, Xinzhe Ren, Brayan Rondon, George Ryan, Emily Saltzman, Lorene Stasiuk, Fhaheem Tadamarry, Ryan Thai, Brianna Trabucco, and Sashi Weerawarana.click to view the senior slideshow

Graduating Senior, Irina Biloiu, created a slide show of her fellow classmates with images taken early in their UMass careers and more recent photos. Many thanks to Irina for putting the Chemistry Senior Slideshow together!

Click to play faculty well wishesChemistry's Virtual Senior Recognition will take place on Thursday, May 13th, starting at 2:00pm. Senior Ryan Thai was nominated by his peers to be chemistry's CNS "chirper",  and he along with our Department Head, Prof. Ricardo Metz, Associate Head, Prof. Jeanne Hardy, Chief Undergraduate Advisor, Prof. Ruthanne Paradise, and Undergraduate Program Director, Prof. Nathan Schnarr, will all say a few words. The faculty also recorded congratulatory well wishes. The Senior Recognition is an open forum event and seniors are invited to share photos and stories, as well as socialize with faculty and staff. A Zoom link will be emailed to seniors and can be shared with family.

Create your own Chemistry 2021 virtual Gradcam photo booth. Save the png Gradcam image to layer over other images for the photobooth effect.gradcam sample image click for gradcam png

The College of Natural Science will launch a Senior Celebration page on Wednesday, May 12th with a congratulatory message from Dean Serio, as well as departmental chirper messages, including Ryan Thai's message. #CNSGrads21

image of Ryan Thai click to hear his chirper speechUndergraduate Commencement will be held Friday, May 14, and will take the form of four smaller and shorter ceremonies in McGuirk Alumni Stadium, with the College of Natural Sciences ceremony at 6pm. Graduates must follow public health protocols, including social distancing and mask wearing. Each ceremony will be livestreamed for those unable to attend, or who wish to celebrate from a distance. The Commencement Office will follow up with additional details in the coming weeks, including specific COVID-19 testing requirements for graduates to gain access to their ceremony.

Graduates are encouraged to wear their caps and gowns or their favorite UMass gear and to post photos and videos using #UMassTogether and #UMass2021.

The CNS Career Center is open all summer to help recent grads find positions, or create alternate plans if job prospects have changed. Please complete the short CNS Class of 2021 First Destination Survey to help the CNS Career Center know who is still looking for work, going to grad school, continuing their education, joining the military, or volunteering.

Please keep in touch! You are UMass Alumni now, and can stay connected through the Alumni Association's Virtual Community.

2021 Senior Awards

Royal Society of Chemistry Certificate of Excellence

  • Amelia Cochran

ACS Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry

  • Ryan Thai

ACS Undergraduate Award in Physical Chemistry

  • Irina Biloiu

Dr. Uche Anyanwu Memorial Fund

  • Sage Clark and Tristan Heck

Mr. Tompkins Award

  • Amelia Cochran

ACS-Connecticut Valley Section Student Award

  • Amelia Cochran

American Chemical Society Membership Awards

  •  Amelia Cochran and Ryan Thai

American Institute of Chemists Award

  • Tiernan Kennedy

Departmental Recognition Award

  • Tiernan Kennedy and Ryan Thai

Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award in Honor of George R. Richason, Jr.

  • Ryan Thai

Positron Award

  • Amelia Cochran

Richard W. Fessenden Awards

  • Ryan Thai

Senior Class Award

  • Ryan Thai