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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Spotlight

Oct. 13, 2017

Steven Gordon receives American Chemical Society award

By Taylor Middleton, media relations assistant

Steven Gordon

Steven Gordon

Northwest Missouri State University student Steven Gordon is among the winners of the inaugural American Chemical Society undergraduate award in physical chemistry.

Gordon, a senior chemistry education major from Blue Springs, Missouri, was nominated for the ACS award by Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Richard Toomey. Gordon was a student in Toomey’s physical chemistry course during the 2016-17 academic year.

“He demonstrated a mastery and facility with the material that was recognition worthy,” Toomey said.

This is the first year that the American Chemical Society offered undergraduate specific awards to recognize outstanding achievement by undergraduate students in physical chemistry and encourage further pursuits in the field.

The American Chemical Society accepts nominations from all ACS certified universities. The nominee must have demonstrated excellence in physical chemistry and related fields based on research, coursework and dedication. The student also should be committed to a career in chemistry.

Gordon plans to pursue a career in teaching chemistry and physics after graduating from Northwest. He credits Northwest faculty for their support and guidance.

“I’ve got a lot of experience with teaching and helping students,” Gordon said. “A lot of those experiences have been because professors have helped me find them. The support that my teachers have given me to find experiences related to my field has been amazing. It has really helped to prepare me for teaching.”

Northwest chemistry programs prepare students with a comprehensive and deep exposure to the many aspects of chemistry. Students are intellectually challenged and gain an appreciation of how the discipline impacts their daily lives. Northwest’s nationally recognized degree is designed to prepare up and coming professional chemists for careers in research institutions, industry or the pursuit of graduate studies. For more information, about chemistry and other programs within Northwest’s Department of Natural Sciences, visit  

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