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NSU student receives 2014 Outstanding Chemistry Senior Award

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University student Aaron Kern has won a 2014 American Chemical Society Outstanding Chemistry Senior Award.

Kern, a Groton native, was one of 12 Outstanding Chemistry Senior awardees for South Dakota. He received the award, which includes a certificate and a check for $100, at a ceremony in Sioux Falls last week hosted by ACS Sioux Valley.


The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress with main offices in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio. With more than 164,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society that provides access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences, according to information from the organization.

The purpose of the Outstanding Chemistry Senior Award is to encourage the continued professional development of senior chemistry majors who have attained a strong academic record.

Kern will graduate from NSU on Saturday with degrees in biology and chemistry. At NSU, he and a research partner were winners of a $2,500 NSU undergraduate competitive research grant for their project, “Synthesis of Quinabactin and its derivatives for the study of increasing drought tolerances in plants.”


Kern will attend the University of Iowa in the fall with a Ph.D. assistantship.



Photo: Kern (left) and awards committee representative Jeffrey Jung are shown at an awards ceremony in Sioux Falls.  Photo by ACS Sioux Valley