Professor and Student Win Local ACS Awards
The Chemistry Department is pleased to announce that a faculty member and student received awards from the Orlando Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Orlando Section recognizes a top chemistry professor in Florida with the annual Outstanding Four Year College Teacher Award. This year Dr. Smeltz has been recognized for her exemplary teaching and outstanding dedication to her students. Joining the Florida Tech Chemistry Department in 2014, Dr. Smeltz has twice been honored with the Florida Tech Chapter Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Furthermore, she has assumed leadership of Florida Tech’s general chemistry program. In her first year in that position she has energetically reorganized the freshman chemistry program to provide consistency and increase student success. She is a true educator who upholds the highest standards of excellence in her teaching and for her students.
Currently a junior chemistry major at Florida Tech, Ms. Elizabeth Stewart has won the Orlando Section’s 2016 Outstanding Four Year College Student of the Year Award. Working under the direction of Dr. Joel Olson, Ms. Stewart performs research on anti-malarial drug candidates via single molecule imaging via scanning tunneling microscopy and computer-aided drug design. She is already a published author, with one paper in the Journal of Physical Chemistry, and another soon to be submitted for publication. Ms. Stewart also serves as an officer in the Florida Tech chapter of the ACS Student Affiliates. She is an excellent young chemist who shows great promise for her future career as a scientist.
We congratulate both of our award winners!