Faculty member Mo Hunsen and Jun Ma '05 recognized for scientific excellence

The Kenyon community came together on Tuesday, April 12, to celebrate the accomplishments of students, teachers, and mentors at the annual Honors Day convocation. Two of the highlights of the event included the announcement of the winners of the Robert J. Tomsich Science Awards.

Associate Professor of Chemistry Mo Hunsen received the Tomsich award for his work as a prolific scientist who has completed much of his recent research with Kenyon students as his collaborators. He is currently researching the design and synthesis of carbohydrate derivatives.

Jun Ma '05 was awarded the second Tomsich award in recognition of the research he completed as a Summer Science Scholar in 2004. That research, completed in conjunction with Associate Professor of Mathematics Judy Holdener, culminated in a paper that shows a relationship between the Koch Snowflake and the Thue-Morse Sequence.

The Tomsich awards were established in 1995 by Cleveland, Ohio, businessman Robert Tomsich, a long-time Kenyon trustee and currently an emeritus trustee. The cash award is given in recognition of scientific excellence in past and current research, contributions to the strength of research efforts at the College, and promise of continuing creative leadership in such endeavors.