Emily Leach '24 is the recipient of the Drago Chemistry Award.  This award is given to a rising senior based on academic achievement, laboratory skills, promise in the field of Chemistry and recommendations by the faculty of the Department of Chemistry.

About Emily:

Emily Leach is a senior studying Chemistry and Applied Physics as a double major in the School of Humanities and Sciences with a minor in Education Studies. At Ithaca, Emily is a member of the physics club and serves as the secretary of the chemistry club. She has also been involved in research in both Chemistry and Physics. In the Physics department, she worked with Professor Jerome Fung exploring thermal-sensitive colloidal particles, as well as Professor Colleen Countryman analyzing the effects of new teaching strategies in the department. In the Chemistry department, Emily currently works with Professor Becky Craig on the educational applications of infrared cameras in the classroom. Outside of Ithaca, she also completed research at an REU program at the University of Buffalo looking at the degradation of zirconia ceramics.  After graduating from Ithaca, Emily plans to continue at IC to pursue her Master’s degree in Adolescent Education and become a high school teacher of chemistry and physics.






Other Academic Achievements:

Dean's List

Ithaca College Deans List

Oracle Honor Society Member

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member

2022 Phi Kappa Phi John Bernard Presidential Scholars Award

2023 Phi Kappa Phi John Bernard Presidential Scholars Award

Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honors Society member




Previous Award Recipients

2022: Olivia Grogan 

2022: Maxwell Bridges

2021: Alex Babcock

2020: Sidney Kay

2019: Andrew McCabe & Nora Vail

2018: Anthony DiBernardo & Kito Gilbert-Bass

2017: Noah A. Budin

2016: Benjamin C. Morse 

2015: Kaitlyn DeHority & Connor Shea

2014:  Rachael Snyder

2013: Carina Chittim

2012: Kathleen Sampson & Christine Gomes

2011: Robert Hoyuela

2010: Juan Duchimaza & Anthony Farrari

2008: Melissa Martin

2007: Amanda Kowalsick

2006: Josh Mesland

2004: Michael Sangi & Mathew Sprague

2002: Shannon Werner

2001:  William Pomerantz

2000: Teresa Porri

1999: Neal Abrams

1997: Brain Mruk

1995: David Finger

1994: Rachael Sawyer