Abigail MCGee '22 is the recipient American Chemical Society Book Award 

This award is given to the top-scoring student within a chosen chemistry sequence. The award is meant to provide financial assistance towards the cost of text books related to their degree studies.

ACS Cornell Local Section Awards

About Abigail MCGee: Abigail is a junior Biochemistry major from Red Hook, NY. She has completed undergraduate research for five semesters and two summers with Professor Jamie Ellis. Participated in three projects with Professor Ellis so far. Initial one involves the use of fluorescence spectroscopy to characterize the behavior of intrinsically disordered proteins. The second used algorithms to predict trait propensities of these disordered protein regions. The third involves using computational methods to generate protein structures and comparing them with experimentally obtained crystals to verify the programs’ validity. Abigail began her career at IC with an interest in proteins. Thanks to Professor Ellis’ research along with courses like Biochemistry and Immunology, Abigail has narrowed her focus to protein biophysics as well as virology and immunology. Abigail plans to attend graduate school to obtain her PhD. in one of these fields after graduating from Ithaca.


Other Academic Achievements:

Presidential Scholarship

Dean’s List

IC Honors Program

IC Oracle Honor Society

H&S Summer Scholar (2019 & 2020)

IC Chemistry Alumni Research Award



Previous Award Recipients

2021: Talia Morris

2020: Abigail MCGee

2019: Mikayla Heid

2018: Alexandra Estanislau

2017: Anthony DiBernardo

2016: Lauren J. Hodkinson

2015: Benjamin Morse

2014: Kaitlyn DeHority

2013: Rachel Snyder

2012: Andrew Becker & Emily Hensler

2011: Kaylee Underkofler

2010: DeAsia Gilmer

2008: Mathew Zeitler

2007: Jason Diaz

2006: Erin Pryce