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Chemistry student selected for leadership award

Zachary Husk

Sophomore Zachary Husk of the University of North Georgia’s Department of Chemistry has been chosen for the 2013 American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Leadership Award.

As the recipient of the award, Husk will be sponsored by the ACS to travel to Dallas for the 2013 ACS Leadership Institute from Jan. 25-27. At the conference, he will be paired with a mentor and participate in various sessions with peers as well as participate in a leadership development course.

A letter to Husk from the ACS manager of undergraduate programs, Nancy Bakowski, stated, “This program recognizes emerging leaders in our ACS student chapter network and helps them prepare for the leadership opportunities at volunteer organizations, such as ACS, and in their professional career. The board recognizes your contributions and skills and believes that you have tremendous potential to be a successful leader.”

Husk has been an active member of ACS for more than a year, and has been a member of the Society of Chemistry Students since fall 2010, including holding an officer leadership position as secretary for one year. Husk is from Forsyth County, and attended North Forsyth High School.

“After I graduate from UNG, I plan on studying organic synthesis with a medicinal chemistry focus so I can one day go into drug development and design,” Husk said. “I am very interested in oncology, so any research dealing with the synthesis of drugs that target cancer would be my ideal career.”

Husk is interested in pursuing graduate degrees at several schools, such as the University of California and Emory University. He believes the leadership institute will benefit him and the UNG chemistry societies he participates in.

“I expect to sharpen my management, communication, and financial organization skills as well as bring new and unique ideas and techniques back to UNG,” Husk said. “This experience would especially assist in the growth of the Department of Chemistry's Society of Chemistry Students (SCS) and prospective Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society.”

Husk attributes his success to the strong support of family and the chemistry faculty, most notably Dr. Holly Carpenter Desai, who allowed Husk to shadow her and her research team while Husk was still in high school.

“The quality of instruction and undergraduate research opportunities that I have received in the Department of Chemistry at UNG are outstanding,” Husk said.

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