Pair of Student-Athletes Earn Accolades From Professional Organization

Pair of Student-Athletes Earn Accolades From Professional Organization

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The impressive academic performance from Bryn Mawr athletes is well-documented around the region, and last week, a pair of Owls added another pair of awards to the list. Thanks to some tremendous work in the classroom and labs, lacrosse's Nam Nguyen and cross country/track & field runner Haley Varnum earned widespread praise at the Philadelphia Young Chemists Committee on March 27th.

Attending the YCC's 17th Annual Poster Session and Grad School/Career Fair at University of the Sciences, Varnum and Nguyen presented a poster on their research in Bryn Mawr professor Dr. Sharon Burgmayer's lab. Entitled "Synthesis Pathway to Molybdenum Cofactor Model Complexes", the hard work of Varnum and Nguyen paid off with not one but two awards. The duo was awarded with both the Drexel University Prize for Excellence in Inorganic Chemistry and the American Chemical Society's second place poster award for undergraduates.

"We are proud of the effort Haley and Nam put forth in this project, and happy that they received the due credit they deserved for their great work," Bryn Mawr Director of Athletics Kathy Tierney stated. "They are a great showcase of the brilliant student-athletes we have at Bryn Mawr and the hard work they put in each day both on and off the playing surface."