Overcoming Challenges Award

2023 Winner – Amaria T. Langhorne

This award recognizes a female undergraduate for her efforts in overcoming hardship to achieve success in chemistry.

Nomination Deadline

April 1

Award Winners

2000    Virginia H. Hanson

2002    Chynthia J. Ignaszewski

2003    Teresa McMillian

2004    Linda Hendrickson

2005    Susan D. Spencer

2006    Grace Kennedy

2007    Nicole Nevorski

2008    Erika Tutko England

2009    Stefanie Sacknoff

2010    Christine Bonvillian

2011    Taylor C. Hood

2012    Jade Bing

2013    Kortney Rupp

2014    Resheeda Gilbert

2015    Ashley Neybert

2016    Jherian K. Mitchell-Jones

2017    Stacy Guzman

2018    Kricia Ruano

2019    Kathleen Lugo

2022    Riley Atrops

2023    Amaria T. Langhorne


Applicant must be an individual* undergraduate currently enrolled in a two-year chemistry-related program or pursuing a major or minor in a four-year chemistry program at a school that does not grant doctorates in chemistry. Applicant must have completed one semester of college-level chemistry.

Applicant must demonstrate that she has overcome hardships (economic, personal, or academic) in pursuit of her education.

Applicants are reviewed on:

  1. Improvement
  2. Initiative
  3. Successes
  4. Grades from the previous two semesters (not cumulative grade point average)

How to Apply

Application packages must include:

  • A letter of request for the award including: full name; address; telephone number; email address; and, explanation of the hardships that the applicant has overcome and her current successes
  • One letter of recommendation
  • School transcripts (official or unofficial)

*This includes women (both cis and trans) and persons assigned female at birth (AFAB). For more information regarding the gender inclusive language used in this document, please click here

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