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COLLEGE STATION --

The Texas A&M University College of Science is making final preparations today for one of its most time-honored spring traditions, celebrating three new members of its Academy of Distinguished Former Students and more than 100 current scholarship winners at the college's annual Spring Recognition and Awards Dinner, set for Thursday (Mar. 31), at Pebble Creek Country Club.

In addition to the best and brightest among its former and current students, the college will pay tribute to the donors whose generous support made each scholarship and endowed gift possible -- specifically those created within the college's five departments during the past year.

"Tonight, we will acknowledge the hard work, commitment and accomplishments of our present students and faculty," said Dr. Meigan Aronson, dean of the College of Science. "We also honor those who continue to pave the way for their success -- our former students, our donors and other friends of our college. Their generous gifts provide funding for our college and departments to enhance our programs and do things that otherwise would not be possible."

The complete list of gifts established since March 2015 and their purposes is as follows:

Scholarships

-- The Karl Gingerich Chemistry Scholarship was established in September 2015 to provide support for undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees in the Department of Chemistry.

-- The Willard and Anne Levin Foundation Endowed Scholarship was established in December 2015 by the Willard and Anne Levin Foundation to provide support to full-time students pursuing degrees in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

-- The Donald Hudgins McClure '53 and Gerald Boone McClure '54 STEM Scholarship was established in February 2016 by Mr. Donald H. McClure '85 to support full-time students from Hale County, Texas, pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM fields.

-- The Thomas W. Powell '62 Endowed Scholarship was established in September 2015 by Mr. Thomas W. Powell '62 to support undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Science.

Chairs

-- The Susan M. Arseven '75 Chair in Data Science and Computational Statistics was established in July 2015 by Dr. Ersen Arseven '74 to support the teaching, research, service and professional development of the holder.

-- The William H. Bassichis Chair for Teaching Excellence in Physics and Astronomy was established by David B. Duthu, P.E. '77 and Dr. William H. Bassichis to support the teaching, mentoring and science educational outreach of the holder.

-- The Timothy C. Hall-Heep Foundation Distinguished Faculty Chair in Biology was established in February 2015 by Dr. Eric Yong Xu '93 in honor of Dr. Timothy C. Hall. Funds will be used to support expenses associated with a distinguished faculty member selected through the Texas A&M Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS).

-- The Thomas W. Powell '62-Heep Foundation TIAS Chair for Science was established in September 2015 by Mr. Thomas W. Powell '62. Funds will be used to support expenses associated with a distinguished faculty member selected through the Texas A&M Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS).

-- The Thomas W. Powell '62 Chair in Science was established in September 2015 by Mr. Thomas W. Powell '62 to provide three chairs in the College of Science. Funds will be used to support the teaching, research, service and professional development activities of each holder.

Other

-- The Eastman Chemical Company Endowment for Graduate Teaching and Travel Awards was established in June 2015 by Eastman Chemical Company to recognize outstanding teaching and/or for expenses related to travel for full-time students pursuing graduate degrees in the Department of Chemistry.

-- The Timothy C. Hall Memorial Endowment was established in March 2016 by Sunee Kertbundit to provide support to the Department of Biology with preference for activities that support graduate education.

For additional information on scholarships in the College of Science, go to http://www.science.tamu.edu/academics/scholarships.php.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu

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