Student Awards & Honors

Our Biochemistry students accomplish great things!  Their acheivements are recognized within the University and beyond.   


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The Rosalind Franklin Award

Every year, the College of Arts and Sciences bestows the Student Medallion to undergraduates who have excelled in their major coursework. The Medallion in Biochemistry is named the Rosalind Franklin Award and is awarded based upon GPA.   Rosalind Franklin was a British chemist and crystallographer whose work contributed to the determination of the structure of DNA.


Rosalind Franklin Award Recipients:

2014 - Melanie Ricci

2013 - Katherine Dynarski

2012 – Tianjiao Wang

2011 – Thomas Ruffino

2010 – Paul Weibel

2009 – Ryan Spears

Department of Chemistry Awards

The Department of Chemistry honors Chemistry and Biochemistry students each year with several awards. In 2014, Biochemistry students were the recipients of:

  • The Ron Magolda Fellowship  Read more about this prestigous fellowship here.  This year, four Biochemistry students were awarded the Ron Magolda Fellowship:  Giavanna Chirico, Matthew Oleksak, Rebecca Lin, and William Escobar-Arrillaga.  This award provides summer research students with a stipend and room & board.  


  • American Institute of Chemists Award   This award is to honor outstanding seniors and post-baccalaureates for recognition of a demonstrated record of ability, leadership and professional promise.  2014 Biochemistry recipient: Ms. Jessica Ebay

Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows (VURF)

Competitive awards to support students engaged in research are awarded annually through the Villanova Undergraduate Reserach Fellows Program (VURF).  These awards provide the recipient a summer stipend, summer room & board, and project funding.  Two Biochemistry majors were honored in 2014 with a VURF award:  Nicholas Ader and Hyewon Kim.

Phi Beta Kappa 

Phi Beta Kappa is a nation's oldest honor society.   Recent Biochemistry majors inducted into Villanova's Phi Beta Kappa chapter include: Ms. Lien Trieu (B.S. 2013) and seniors MrDaniel Amor, Ms. Jessica Eby, and Ms. Joana Prestrecu


Prestigous External Awards and Honors

Our students are the recipients of nationally competitive fellowships and awards.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship

·     Mr. Nick Ader: 2014 recipient (read more)

·     Ms. Joana Pestrescu:  2013 recipient

·     Mr. Danial Amor: 2013 honorable mention

·     Ms. Katherine Dynarski: 2012 honorable mention

The Marshall Scholarship.  In 2014, Ms. Joana Petrescu was the first Villanovan awarded the Marshall Scholarship.  Joana will carry out research in cancer biology at the University of Cambridge, England.  Read more here.  

Villanova Biochemistry at a Glance

Degrees Offered: BS

Core Faculty: 14

Undergraduate Majors: 114

Equipment: Complete array of modern instrumentation.

Building:  Mendel Science Center

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