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April Carman honored at University of the Cumberlands


Dr. Jim Taylor, president, University of the Cumberlands, confers the honor of Presidential Scholar on April Carman during Commencement on May 9.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.—April Carman, daughter of Sandy and Bill Stevens, of Corbin, and the wife of Jason Carman, was recently honored at University of the Cumberlands.

During the the 50th annual Honors Day Convocation, on April 27, she received one of the Chemistry Department’s two P.R. Jones Awards; was recognized as a Student of High Honor; and named to Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2008-2009.

The P.R. Jones Award is named for Professor Parry Raymond Jones, who served Cumberland for nearly sixty years, teaching many subjects, including geography, mathematics, zoology, botany, physics, physical science and chemistry. He also served as chair of the Chemistry Department, and for nearly 35 years, he was academic dean.

At Commencement on May 9, Carman received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry. She graduated with the distinction summa cum laude, which requires a GPA of 3.95-4.0. She also was named a Presidential Scholar for significant research.

Honors Research is conducted for a two-semester period within the last two years of college. Academically exceptional students are offered an opportunity for intensive work in their fields through advanced independent study or creative activity. Carman’s research advisor is Dr. Julie Tan, and her paper is entitled, “Microwave Assisted Solventless Reactions Using Solid Support in Reduction, Oxidation and Friedel-Crafts Acylation.”

Carman, a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon mathematics honorary society, and Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society, plans to pursue a masters degree in organic chemistry at Eastern Kentucky University.