Manion Award

The Jerry Manion Outstanding Student Award

2019 Recipient: Emily Tran

Emily, a first-generation college student, came to UCA from Fort Smith, AR.  She earned an ACS-certified B.S. degree in chemistry (May 2019), with minors in mathematics and computer science, including departmental honors.  Her research in the laboratory of Dr. Greg Naumiec was summarized in her thesis “Squaramide-based anti-parasitic drugs toward the discovery of novel treatments for American trypanosomiasis,” earning the 2019 Outstanding Departmental Thesis Award (funded by Advancement of Undergraduate Research in the Sciences).  She represented UCA very well in 2017, being awarded a Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and in 2018, being honored with a Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention and an Honorable Mention for the Arkansas INBRE Oral Presentation Competition.  Em was a fixture in the department’s national-award-winning student ACS chapter throughout her time at UCA, serving as its president in her senior year.  Em is also a highly artistic and creative person.  For years the student ACS display board was decorated with her innovative original Drs. Flame and Krystal seasonal displays. She also worked as a teaching and stockroom assistant and served on the department safety committee.  Em is following her B.S. degree with a post-baccalaureate research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.  Her goal is to complete an MD/PhD degree likely focusing on medicinal chemistry research.v

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 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).