VSU honors Nathan Hart with the award for outstanding students in science and mathematics

April 27, 2021

Jessica Pope
Communication and media relations coordinator

VALDOSTA – Nathan Tobias Hart from Valdosta, Georgia, received the Award for Outstanding Students in Science and Mathematics at Valdosta State University in 2021.

“Winning this award is a great honor for me as I have seen firsthand the dedication my alumni have shown during my four years of college,” he said. “Winning this award shows me that all the long nights I’ve spent studying have paid off and reassures me that I’m on the right track.”

The Prize for Outstanding Students in Science and Mathematics is awarded to the student at the College of Science and Mathematics. He is characterized by academic excellence and outstanding service both inside and outside the classroom.

Hart will complete a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a minor in German with summa cum laude on Saturday, May 8th at 7:30 p.m. in the Bazemore-Hyder-Stadion at 7:30 p.m. He will continue his education this fall at the University of Florida, where he will do a PhD in analytical chemistry.

Hart hopes to work in higher education at the college level or in chemical research at the industrial level. His supportive family includes parents David Hart and Susanne Hart.

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, 2020 Department of Chemistry Senior Award for Chemistry Excellence, American Institute of Chemists Award 2021 as well as other students received awards. He was named the Spring 2021 President’s Award for Academic Excellence for the College of Science and Mathematics, which is awarded to a graduate with the highest grade point average in each of VSU’s six colleges.

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