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Song Prize Award

When Professor Pill-Soon Song left the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1987 he gave Texas Tech a donation of $4,000, the interest on which is awarded annually as a prize for the best Ph.D. degree dissertation in the department. The first award was given in 1991.

To Dr. Pill-Soon Song,
who was a stalwart member of our faculty for 20 years, we raise the hat and record our warmhearted thanks.

Year Awarded Recipient Mentor
2023 Dr. Kevin Finch Dr. Gerardo Gamez
2022 Dr. Andrew Cho Dr. Yehia Mechref
2022 Dr. Collin Borcik Dr. Benjamin J. Wylie
2021 Dr. Xue Dong Dr. Yehia Mechref
2021 Dr. Shiva Moaven Dr. Anthony Cozzolino
2020 Dr. Haoxi Chai Dr. Huazhong Shi
2019 Dr. Veronica J. Lyons Dr. Dimitri Pappas
2018 Dr. Ye Zhang Dr. Dimitri Pappas
2017 Dr. Shiyue Zhou Dr. Yehia Mechref
2016 Dr. Austin J. Privett Dr. Jorge A. Morales
2015 Dr. Eric S. Clevenger Dr. Michael F. Mayer
2014 Dr. Fehmi Bardak Dr. Edward L. Quitevis
2012 Dr. Bangshing Wang Dr. Huazhong Shi
2011 Dr. Jason L. McAfee Dr. L. William Poirier
2010 Dr. Zheng Xue Dr. Michael F. Mayer
2009 Dr. Jason V. Dyke Dr. Purnendu K. Dasgupta
2008 Dr. Ademola Idowu Dr. Purnendu K. Dasgupta
2007 Dr. J. Cody Timmons Dr. Guigen Li
2007 Dr. Kalayani Martinelango Dr. Purnendu K. Dasgupta
2007 Dr. Pruthvi Jayasimha Dr. W. David Nes
2006 Dr. S. M. Rahmat Ullah Dr. Purnendu K. Dasgupta
2005 Dr. Chun Zhou Dr. David M. Birney
2004 Dr. Rida Sadek Al-Horr Dr. Purnendu K. Dasgupta
2003 Dr. Daniel Ta-Jen Chang Dr. Gregory I. Gellene
2002 Dr. Steven Tomlinson Dr. James G. Harman
2001 Dr. Kelly A. Swinney Dr. Darryl J. Bornhop
2000 Dr. Martin J. Campbell Dr. Richard A. Bartsch
1999 Dr. Wen Zhou Dr. W. David Nes
1999 Dr. Stephen D. Starnes Dr. Allan D. Headley
1997 Dr. Hanghui Liu Dr. Purnendu K. Dasgupta
1996 Dr. Gary A. Tarver Dr. Purnendu K. Dasgupta
1995 Dr. Simon K. Poruthoor Dr. Purnendu K. Dasgupta
1995 Dr. Kelly S. Griffith Dr. Gregory Gellene
1994 Dr. Young Soo Kim Dr. Robert D. Walkup
1993 Dr. Miin-Liang Horng Dr. Edward L. Quitevis
1992 Dr. Johnny L. Hallman Dr. Richard A. Bartsch
1991 Dr. Robert R. Kane Dr. Robert D. Walkup

Procedure for Selecting the Song Prize Winner

In January of each year, a solicitation is sent out asking each of the five departmental divisions (analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry) to nominate the best dissertation written by a doctoral student in their respective divisions during the previous calendar year. The deadline for the nominations is February 1. After receiving the nominations, a subcommittee of the Awards Committee comprised of faculty from each of the divisions reads each of the nominated dissertations. The dissertations are evaluated on the basis of three criteria:

  1. Comprehensibility for a general reader, especially of the summary and introductory sections.
  2. Completeness and extensiveness of the work. Have all basic questions pertaining to the research inquiry been answered, or at least addressed?
  3. Creativity, innovation, impact on the field, and extent to which the student has directly contributed to these aspects. Advice on these matters will be sought from a non-advisor member of the dissertation committee.

These criteria are weighted roughly equally in making an overall assessment for a given dissertation. A five-point scale is used for each of these three criteria.

The scores from all the members of the Song Prize Subcommittee are added. The dissertation with the highest total score wins the Song Prize.

The Song Prize winner is recognized at the annual departmental Awards Ceremony in late April or early May. The award comes with a certificate, a $1000 prize, and a name-plate that is placed on the Song Prize plaque that is prominently made visible in the department's “Strive for Honor” display case which contains the other plaques honoring students and staff for various academic and service achievements.

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