April 21, 2021
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Nathan Tobias Hart of Valdosta, Georgia received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence in Spring 2021 for the College of Science and Mathematics at Valdosta State University. On May 8, he completed his studies with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a minor in German with summa cum laude.
VALDOSTA – Nathan Tobias Hart of Valdosta, Georgia received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence in Spring 2021 for Academic Excellence at the College of Science and Mathematics at Valdosta State University.
The President’s Award for Academic Excellence is awarded 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 University of Education and Human Services, University of Humanities and Social Sciences and University of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Hart will be recognized during the VSU’s 231st start on Saturday, May 8th at 7:30 p.m. at the Bazemore Hyder Stadium. He will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a minor in German.
“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 only as a student but also as a professional,” he said.
“I am very honored to be named the College of Science and Mathematics’ best graduate, and even more honored to work with caring professors who are passionate about what they do and study with hardworking 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 List, Georgia Power Recruitment and Retention Fellowship, the 2020 Department of Chemistry Senior Award for Outstanding Chemistry, the 2021 College of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Student Award and the 2021 American Institute of Chemists Award as well as other undergraduate awards.
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.
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