Outstanding Undergraduate BA: Amy Vermette, Public Health
Outstanding MA Graduate: Gabriella Mayne, Anthropology
Outstanding MS Graduate: Ian S. Arriaga MacKenzie, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Outstanding PhD Graduate: Wenjuan Zhang, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
This Month’s CLAS Staff Council Profile of Outstanding Staff
Nara Chon – Professional Research Assistant in the Department of Chemistry
Nara Chon began her career as an immigrant from South Korea. Today, a proud graduate of CU Denver and CLAS, she’s been working for the Department of Chemistry as a Professional Research Assistant for the past three years.
When asked what she likes most about working in CLAS, Nara responded, “I like the friendly atmosphere here. I feel this way because I was a CLAS student as well. The faculty members at the Department of Chemistry who taught me in the past are now my co-workers, and they encourage me and help me to succeed.”
Dr. Hai Lin, Professor of Chemistry and Nara’s supervisor, says “Nara’s passion about sciences is not limited to research. She is always willing to share her knowledge and experience with others…Nara helped me mentor ~10 undergraduate students…She also spent time patiently listening to them talking about lives, careers, struggles, and dreams…Many of these students have been accepted into medical/dental schools or are attending PhD programs.”
Jeff Knight, Associate Professor of Chemistry, adds that “Nara is an outstanding research collaborator…she is also always interested in learning new things. I am impressed with how well she communicates on many levels…sharing her results with other scientists, and training the students she works with directly.”
Nara is passionate about helping students and helping them to discover innovative ways to acquire new information. Among her impressive accomplishments include the publication of four papers in 2018 alone, with two more manuscripts in preparation.
We proudly celebrate the achievements and dedication of Nara: an alumna, member of the CLAS staff, and our Lynx family.
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