Undergrad student honored for extensive research

Posted October 30, 2014

The graduate biochemistry faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has named Nigel Gwini as a semi-finalist for the McKnight Prize, a national award for outstanding undergraduate research in chemistry. This honor recognizes Gwini’s 1,200 hours of contributions to at least four different research projects, as well as his two publications in refereed international journals.

Gwini, senior biochemistry major from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, was named one of ACU’s undergraduate researchers of the year in 2013. He’s also won awards at regional and national chemistry conferences and participated in various organizations at ACU.

“Nigel strives to excel in everything he does,” says Dr. Greg Powell, professor of chemistry. “He has accomplished much, much more than the typical undergraduate student, and yet he gives God the glory. He is an absolute pleasure to teach and to mentor because of his humility, his positive attitude and his superb work ethic.”

“We are honored that another one of our students was selected as a semifinalist for this award,” adds Dr. Kim Pamplin, chair and associate professor of the department of chemistry and biochemistry. “We are extremely proud of Nigel and his accomplishments, and accordingly have high expectations for his future in whatever field he chooses.

“With total award money of approximately $12,000 awarded by UT Southwestern Medical School, the McKnight Award has become a prestigious opportunity for undergraduate science majors in Texas and beyond.”

Gwini is the second ACU student to be named a semi-finalist for the McKnight Prize.

The UT Southwestern department of biochemistry annually holds its contest for undergraduate researchers from across the country, awarding prizes in chemistry, biophysics or quantitative biology, and biological chemistry. The competition is open to senior undergraduates who have conducted outstanding research in chemistry, biological chemistry, biophysics or quantitative biology.



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