News and Events-2017


Victoria Norman, a junior chemistry undergraduate student and a RISE Scholar is the Grand Prize Poster Award Winner at  NOBCChE presentation. The award has been highlighted on  NOBCChE website. Congratulations Victoria!!!

The Chemistry department has opening to fill an Analytical Chemistry position with a highly motivated and an energetic individual at the Assistant Professor level. Please see the attached advertisement for more information. If interested please submit your application online.

News Item --- 2016

The department has lost one of its graduating senior student, Kiara McDaniel on April15, 2016 due to a car accident.  Kiara was just weeks away from graduation at the time of her death. She was admitted to the graduate program at NCAT and was planning to pursue her MS this Fall. Just a day before her untimely death, the department was celebrating her academic performance at its annual banquet. 

Congratulations to our students who have been accepted at various prestigious programs. 1) LaVana Greene, UG senior has been accepted to the medical school at Wayne State University, 2) Tsedale Mehari, a graduate MS student has been accepted at Purdue and LSU for her PhD studies, 3) Kwame Brown, a graduate student has been accepted at Purdue University.

Congratulations to LaVana Greene, a senior chemistry major, who has been voted as the College of Arts and Sciences recipient of the Honor Recognition Certificate. This is the highest honor the college bestows to its student. LaVana will be recognized of the honor at the University's Student Honors Convocation in April, 2016.  She will also be recognized at the College's Annual Awards and Citations Ceremony to be held on April 7 2016 at 4 p.m. The chemistry department is extremely delighted by her accomplishments.

After 5 years of dedicated service as the Interim Chairperson, Dr. Margaret Kanipes has stepped down from the position. She has taken a new challenge as the Director of STEM center of Excellence for Active Learning. After serving the department in the Interim position  for six months, Dr. Zerihun Assefa leading the Department  as Chair since July 2016.

Dr. Fakayode and his team (Dr. Anthony Graham, PI and several others ) have won the North Carolina A&Teach STEM Scholars NSF-Joyce $1.2 million award

Dr. Sayo Fakayode is the winner of Minority Access Role Models National award for the 2015 year. Dr. Fakayode was recognized in Washington DC on September 26, 2015.

Professor Zerihun Assefa has been awarded a research grant from the Petroleum Research Fund in the amount of $70,000. The title of the research project is “Structural, and Photoluminescence Studies of model asphaltene complexes of lanthanide metals for Intra- and Inter-molecular Excimers and Exciplexes studies.” The grant will support the research experiences of two undergraduates and one graduate student/yr in his laboratory.

Dr. Fakayode (Co-PI), Dr. Margaret Kanipes (Co-PI), and (James Mayes (PI), Ernest L. Cuthbertson (Co-PI) won $22,500.00 CASs Innovative grant. The title of their proposal is “Promoting Student Learning in STEM and Criminal Justice: Aggie Sleuth Initiative (AggieSI) Guided inquiry Learning Experience”.

Dr. Mufeed Basti and his collaborators from engineering have been awarded a $1.2 million DOD grant for research in the area of 3-D printing.  The title of their proposal is: An MSIPP Advanced manufacturing continuum”. The grant is to establish a consortium of nine HBCU campuses and three Dept. of Energy labs to enhance the workforce in advanced manufacturing. 

Dr. Basti (PI) and his collaborator, Dr. Ahmed Megri (Co-PI) from engineering  have been awarded  $20,500 grant from DOD for “Advanced Manufacturing Summer Program for High and Middle School Students”

Dr. Tanya Malloy and her collaborators (Drs. Angela White, Kelsie Bernot, Phyllis Ford-Booker, Checo Rorie, Gregory Goins, and Catherine White) won a $22, 500.00 CASs Innovative grant award. The title of their proposal is “Tiered and peer mentoring to develop non-cognitive skills”.

Professional Science Master's (PSM) program in  Developmental and Applied Chemistry has now been officially recognized by the National PSM office, program # 179. The
objective of the program is to advance technical skills, industry-guided knowledge, and business management. The program prepares students for career opportunities in
businesses that utilize chemical and/or biochemical processes and instrumentation.  Students will have the opportunity to pursue training in various project areas relevant to industrial
firms, and research oriented institutes on projects that would be developed jointly with participant companies and firms. Please contact the Department for more information

Graduate Student George Agbeworvi has been selected as the recipient for the best graduate student of the year award for the College of Arts and Sciences. George conducted his MS research with Dr. Assefa and has moved to Purdue University for his PhD studies.

Dr. Gravely has been selected as the recipient of the College of Arts and Science Merit Teaching Award for 2014-15 academic year.

Drs. Emrani, Franks, Lamb, and Divi have won the College of Arts and Sciences Innovation Proposal for $20,000 award titled "Peer led Team Learning in Organic Chemistry and Psychological Statistics." 

Dr. Sayo Fakayode will be serving as the new Editor of the ACS publication- Analytical Chemistry Newsletter  starting January 2015. Congratulations Dr. Fakayode.

Two long time Faculty memebrs of the chemistry department have retired in May 2014. Dr. Alex Williamson retired after 36 years of service. He has served the department as Chairman for several years in addition to teaching Inorganic Chemistry at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. William Adeniyi has been the Analytical Chemistry associate professor and served the department for over 20 years.

A team of faculty from the Department of Chemistry have  been granted a $30,000 College of Arts and Sciences 2013 Innovation Award entitled: From "Cook Book" to Guided Inquiry Laboratory Experiments (GILEs): A Pilot Study for Chemsitry Laboratory Curriculum Development." by Sayo Fakayode (PI), and Co-PIs, Tanya Pinder, Margaret Kanipes, Zerihun Assefa, Marion Franks, and Mufeed Basti.

Dr. Zerihun Assefa was recognized as a recipient of the National Role Model Faculty Mentor Award from Minority Access Incorporation. The recognition cites Exemplary Achievement in Motivating, Counseling, and Guiding Others (2013). Assefa also gave a radio-interview on his research and mentoing activities with WNAA 90.1 FM station.

The department of Chemistry welcomes Dr. Sayo Fakayode who joined the department as an Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry starting Fall 2013. Dr. Fakayode brings several years of teaching and research experience from Winston-Salem State University.

The chemistry department has amassed a record number of recognition at the college level for the 2012-13 academic year. Recognitions for best Undergraduate students were given to Jessica Webb, Darian Bost and Lariah Edwards. The best graduate student of the year award was given to Carlos Crawford. In addition, the School of Graduate Studies recognized Shaka Gore for the best Thesis Award from the College of Arts And Science, while Matthew Mickens recieved University wide recognition for the Best PhD Dissertation award. Both Shaka and Matthew conducted their research with Dr. Assefa. Among faculty members Dr. Zerihun Assefa was recognized as the recipient of the merit teaching award.

Drs. Debasish Kuila and Divi Venkateswarlu along with a team of  scientists have been granted a 5 million award to form the CREST Bioenergy center by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Kuila serves as the research director of the center.

A record number of graduate and undergraduate chemistry students recieved their diploma at the May, 11, 2013 commencement. A total of eight graduate and ten undergraduates students successfully completed their education in the Departement.  

After a long dedicated service to the department a faculty member and two staff members retired on May 10, 2013. Dr. Vallie Guthrie retired after a 47 years service to the department and the University. Ms Carolyn Mayo (affectionately known as "Chemistry Mom") also retired after 18 years of dedicated service as adminstartive assisstant.  Ms Mayo's influence in the career and personal life of chemistry students was evident during the farewell party organized by the Department. The 3rd person to retire this year was the popular Mr Charles Wilson who served the Department as facility manager for 30 years. All three will be missed by the department.

The Chemistry Deprtment held its annual banquet on May 10 at the Memorial Union Center. The guest of honor this year was Dr. Iris Wagstaff who gave an inspireing speech. Several students were honored for their academic accomplishment at the ceremony.

The annual Chemistry Department family picnic was held at the Bur mill park on May 4, 2013. The picnic was well attended by students, faculty, staff and their families.

The Accelerated Bachlors Masters program (ABM) has been approved by the University senate and this program will be initiated next Fall. Two new graduate level courses are also approved, Chem 641 --Spectroscopy and Chem 642--Xray crystallography.

Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffman featured as the Keynote Speaker for the 4th Bi-Annual Chemical Sciences Symposium. In celebrating the “International Year of Chemistry”, the Department of Chemistry hosted the 4th Bi-Annual Chemical Sciences Symposium on October 21, 2011.  This is 2nd time the department invited a nobel laureate in its biannual symposia.

Dr. Assefa's Research  has been featured in the AC'S-web site under the theme Inovate & Inspire.

Eight Chemistry Majors attended the 2011 Annual Biomedical Research Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Chemistry majors shared research experiences from their summer internships at the ABRCMs Conference, November 9-12, 2011.  Jessica Webb (junior) received top honors for her research presentation.

Quantitative Analysis II Class leads a Semester-Long Service Learning Project with the 5th Grade Classes at Rankin Class.  Both groups of students are learning about pesticide detection and its importance to maintaining healthy ecosystem.  Read the blog at

National  Women in Chemistry Honor Society comes to Greensboro. November 12th marked the installation of the Greensboro metropolitan chapter of Iota Sigma Pi.  The charter was signed for the 46th chapter (Fe). This metropolitan organization was charted by several of NCAT’s women; Darkus Jenkins, Dr. Margaret Kanipes, Dr. Ginger Powe, Shaka Gore, Kendra Whitehead, Davia Mckoy, Rashanda Haywood, and Charnell Chasten.