Manion Award

The Jerry Manion Outstanding Student Award

2020 Recipient: Joseph Schneider

Joseph, from Ft. Smith, was a fixture in the department throughout his four years at UCA. His commitment to service was evident very early on when he worked as a peer mentor for students in the STEM residential college in Arkansas hall during his freshmen year. He was a leader in the department’s national award winning student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS), serving as secretary and then as chapter president his final year. Like Jerry Manion, Joseph loved to do chemical demonstrations for his classmates and for numerous outreach activities involving area grade-school students and the public. His last two years, he served as the department’s head chemistry tutor. His chemistry honors thesis was recognized as the top thesis from the department in spring 2020. Joseph worked in the lab of Dr. Lei Yang for three years, investigating multi-copper systems as models for natural copper-proteins. This work resulted in him being first author on a 2020 Inorganic Chemistry publication of their work. Joseph will continue following his love for chemistry, and metal-chemistry in particular, when he begins his graduate studies in inorganic chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in fall 2020.

Watch a video tribute of Joseph’s work at UCA by his mentor,
Dr. Lei Yang.

All of the past winners can be viewed here.

Dr. Jerry Manion

Dr. Manion

In loving memory of Dr. Jerald M. Manion our dear colleague, professor, and friend.
(UCA service 1965-2014). A memorial service was held July 24, 2014 at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center at UCA. The UCA Jazz Ensembles performed a tribute to Dr. Manion and featured the Dixieland Band on his birthday September 24, 2014.

This award was made possible by generous support from Dr. Slaton Fry (UCA graduate 1980).