VALDOSTA – Nathan Tobias Hart of Valdosta received the President’s Spring Award for Academic Excellence for the College of Science and Mathematics at Valdosta State University.
The President’s Award for Academic Excellence is presented to graduates with the highest grade point average in each of VSU’s six colleges – Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of the Arts, James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Science and Mathematics, university officials said in a statement.
Hart was identified during the 231st start of VSU. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a minor in German with summa cum laude.
“As a top graduate of the College of Science and Mathematics, I made the most of my time at VSU and used every opportunity to grow not just as a student but as a professional,” he said.
“I am extremely honored to be named the best graduate of the College of Science and Mathematics, and even more honored to have the privilege of working with caring professors who are passionate about their work and learning with hard-working students who are determined to be successful. “”
As a student at VSU, Hart was a member of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society, where he worked as a secretary for a year, and of the German Club. He also volunteered his time to support the Department of Chemistry Science’s Saturday events.
Hart presented research results with Dr. Linda de la Garza, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Gopeekrishnan Sreenilayam, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, at the VSU Undergraduate Research Symposium 2019 and the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference 2020. He and de la Garza co-published an article in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Chemical Education.
Hart’s commitment to excellence in science, research, and leadership resulted in his recurring dean’s awards, the Georgia Power Recruitment and Retention Scholarship, the Department of Chemistry’s 2020 Senior Award for Outstanding Chemistry, the Outstanding Student Award of the College of Science and Mathematics 2021 and the American Award 2021 Institute of Chemists Award, as well as other undergraduate awards, university officials said.
Hart will continue his education this fall at the University of Florida, where he will do a PhD in analytical chemistry. He hopes to work in higher education at college level or in chemical research at industrial level. He is the son of David Hart and Susanne Hart.