Radford University senior Dennis Godward was among 11 regional undergraduate chemistry students honored at the 22nd Annual Undergraduate and High School Poster Session, sponsored by the Virginia Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS,) Wednesday, April 16, in the Muse Banquet Hall.
Godward, chemistry major from Thaxton, Va., received the group's James Lewis Howe Award for outstanding undergraduate chemists as part of the evening's activities which included a talk by Sam Kean, a writer who has covered science for the New York Times Magazine, Psychology Today and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."
"It is an honor to be recognized by people whom I respect and care for," said Godward, who will start graduate school at Virginia Tech in material sciences in June. "There are many deserving classmates, yearmates and peers who are as worthy of this recognition as I."
Joseph Wirgau recalled Godward's first day at RU and said, "It feels more like a colleague is being honored. His successful transition from a career in banking says a lot about his ability to relate to a wide spectrum of people as well as his accomplishments in the lab."
Godward is a member of the 2013 award-winning student design team at the Planet, People and Prosperity (P3) competition that earned a $90,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a sustainable purification system from synthetic humic acid materials. Godward was also a Grand Champion Award winner at the 2013 Sigma Xi Graduate and Undergraduate Colloquium at George Mason University.
"RU is as competitive as any place I could have gone, thanks to the hands-on, experiential opportunities that were available to me," he said. "As a grad school candidate, it felt good to sit confidently next to graduates of top schools from across the country and talk the same language."