Spring 2018 Dept. of Chemistry Student Awards

From our Chair, Dr. Jarrett:

The following students are receiving special recognition and awards for outstanding work over the last year. Those that made the trip up to Laie were recognized at the annual American Chemical Society – Hawaii Chapter awards banquet, hosted by BYU-Hawaii this last Saturday.

Outstanding Teaching Assistants: Hope Sartain, Tim O’Donnell, Julie Cramer, Bryson Nakamoto, Cody Dickinson, Casey Kubota

Young Fellowship (outstanding 1st year PhD student): Toma Louis-Goff

Akasaka-Riek Scholarship (Organic or Organometallic Chemistry): Jonathan Congman

Zuckerman Award (Inorganic Chemistry): Hope Sartain

ARC Foundation Fellowship: Julie Cramer

Rechnitz Award (Outstanding PhD Thesis): Jhonsen Djajamuliadi

Magistad Award (Top Graduating BS Chem): Mark Maryott

Top Graduating BS Biochemistry: Katie Lee, Katelyn Saiki (tie)

Fujimoto Scholarship (Top Juniors): Cyrus Ma, Eileen Chen, Casie Kubota

Iwamoto & Scheuer Award (Top Sophomores): Christian Tamashiro, Gabor Nemeth

Alice August Ball Endowed Scholarship: Alison Nguyen

Top General Chemistry Student: Kaela Iwai

If you know any of these students, please take the time to congratulate them on the award and on a successful and productive year!


Congratulations to our Paul J. Scheuer Travel Award Winners!

Congratulations to our 2018 Paul J. Scheuer Travel Award winners!

Matthew Abplanalp, Kaiser Lab – 255th American Chemical Society’s National Meeting & Exposition

Josh Gurr, Williams Lab – Marine Natural Products Gordon Research Conference

Mika Nakashige, Cain Lab – 255th American Chemical Society’s National Meeting & Exposition

Hope Sartain, Jensen Lab – 255th American Chemical Society’s National Meeting & Exposition

Congratulations, safe travels, and enjoy talking science!


Please welcome the newest addition to our faculty, Dr. Rui Sun!

Dr. Rui Sun will be joining our department starting Fall 2017. He earned his Ph.D. at Texas Tech University and worked with Dr. William Hase on direct dynamics simulations for gas phase reactions. Prior to joining our department, Dr. Sun worked as a postdoctoral scholar in the Voth Group at the University of Chicago.


Please welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Jakub Hyvl!

Dr. Jakub Hyvl will be joining our department as our newest faculty member starting Fall 2017. He earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, with Dr. Jiri Srogl as his advisor. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Dr. Hyvl has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry in Prague, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Congratulations to our 2017 Departmental Award winners!

Congratulations are in order for all of our Spring 2017 Chemistry Department Award Winners!

Our top graduating senior Chemistry and Biochemistry students. Congratulations to:

Diana Holden, B.S., Biochemistry
Kimberly Teehera, B.S., Biochemistry
Nguyen Nu, B.A., Biochemistry
Amy Chinen, B.S., Chemistry (Magistad Award)

Congratulations to our Fujimoto Scholars:

Katelyn Saiki
Kayzel Rose Tabangcura
Brett Cain

Congratulations to our Iwamoto-Scheuer Scholars:

Casie Kubota

Congratulations to our top new graduate students, both winners of the Young Fellowship:

Duk Hwan Kim
Timothy O’Donnell

And finally, congratulations to our top Teaching Assistants for AY2017!

Emily Taylor
Josh Velasco
Maryssa Shigesato
Stephen Kim
Jonathon Congmon
Hope Sartian
Julie Cramer

Nice job everyone!  Keep up your hard work!


BIOL 402 To Be Offered In Summer 2017

UHM will be offering BIOL 402 (Principles of Biochemistry) in Summer 2017.

The course will be taught by Prof. Bingham, and will be the same format as in Fall, but condensed into 10 Weeks (taking both summer sessions), and will be meeting 4 times/week. Time and place to be announced.

If you’re interested, please discuss this with your major advisor during mandatory advising later this semester, to see how it might fit into your overall curriculum plan.


Congratulations to our Paul J. Scheuer Travel Award Winners!

Congratulations to our Summer 2015 Paul J. Scheuer Travel Award winners!

Jhonsen Djajamuliadi, Kumashiro Lab

Hope Sartain, Jensen Lab

David Shinsato, Kumashiro Lab

Each student will be attending a Gordon Research Conference in their respective fields this summer and will present their research.  Congratulations, and enjoy talking science!