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Dean's Message – Summer 2015

Summer 2015 | Nicholas J. Altiero, Dean

Nicholas J. Altiero, Ph.D.

The School of Science and Engineering experienced an outstanding 2014-2015 school year. At this year’s commencement, 393 undergraduate degrees, 128 master’s degrees, and 45 doctoral science and engineering degrees were conferred, and many of our faculty and students were honored for their achievements.

W T. Godbey, associate professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering was awarded a Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowship at the 2015 Tulane Unified Commencement Ceremony. Each fellowship honors a faculty member who has a sustained record of effective, inspiring and distinguished teaching at the undergraduate level. Recipients receive a special medal, $5,000 a year for four years and permanent designation as a Weiss Fellow.

Science and Engineering graduates continue to achieve the highest academic awards that the university bestows. Our seniors received awards in virtually every category including academics, service, and athletics.

See a Complete Listing of the Senior Awards »

The Tulane 34 Award, presented to 34 graduates from Tulane's 10 schools and colleges, recognizes students for their exemplary leadership, service, and academic excellence. Named for the year in which the university was founded, the Tulane 34 Award is among the most coveted university-wide honors bestowed upon students. This year, four SSE students received a 34 Award. Congratulations to Jamie Kaplan, Mary Osetinsky, Sean Saxon, and Max Seidman.

The William Wallace Peery Society was established in 1964 by Mrs. Peery in memory of her husband, the late Dr. William Peery, who was a professor of English and served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1955 to 1964. Membership in the society is awarded to those students who have earned the highest cumulative grade point averages over the course of their undergraduate careers. The Peery Society recognizes academic excellence based on a combination of GPA and evidence of outstanding scholarship through an honors thesis or equivalent accomplishment. Eight science and engineering graduating seniors became members of the Peery Society in 2015.

See a Complete Listing of the 2015 William Wallace Peery Students »

The William Wallace Peery Medal for Academic Excellence is the highest academic honor conferred by Newcomb-Tulane College. It is awarded to the student who best embodies Dr. Peery’s emphasis on the important of both depth and breadth of learning. One of our outstanding graduates, Duc Ho, was honored with the William Wallace Peery Medal for Academic Excellence, which signifies he is the senior student with the most distinguished academic record.

This year, we also celebrated many Science and Engineering students as they were inducted into two prestigious honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate arts and sciences honor society in the United States. Tau Beta Pi is the premier engineering honor society and is the nation's second-oldest honor society.

View All Science Students Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa »

View All Engineering Students Inducted into Tau Beta Pi »

We couldn’t be more proud of the accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff and look forward to yet another great year in 2015-2016.

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