Student Honored with Georgia Legislative Academic Recognition Day Award


(March 20, 2015) — Armstrong State University senior Blair Weaver was honored with the Georgia Legislative Academic Recognition Day Award during the University System of Georgia's board meeting in Atlanta on March 18.

Weaver is an honors program student and part of the first cohort of students graduating from Armstrong's new B.S. in Biochemistry degree program in May of 2015. He has been accepted to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Emory University and the University of Florida for Ph.D. programs in biochemistry, all of which rank in the top 25 chemistry programs in the nation.

Annually, each of the 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia is asked to select one student as its representative for this prestigious honor awarded by the Board of Regents and the Georgia Legislature. The undergraduate student chosen must be representative of outstanding scholastic achievement on his or her campus, have an outstanding grade point average and be a resident of Georgia.

Weaver's work in the program, coupled with his dedication to the university and his community, has made him an excellent candidate for this award. He currently maintains a 3.97 GPA and has received several awards over the course of his academic career, including the Col. Henry Kennedy Scholarship, the Dr. Henry and Ann Brandt Family Scholarship, and the Armstrong State University Robert Kolondney Scholarship. He has been named an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar, a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout and has been included on the Dean's List and the President's List.

Weaver has earned numerous classroom accomplishments, included scoring in the 93rd percentile nationally on the American Chemical Society (ACS) General Chemistry II standardized exam, the 99th percentile on the ACS Organic Chemistry I standardized exam, 97th percentile on the ACS Organic Chemistry II standardized exam, 94th percentile on the principles of chemical analysis ACS standardized exam, and the 95th percentile on the instrumental analysis ACS standardized exam.

His service to the university and to the community include serving as a Naval ROTC tutor, volunteering as a peer mentor for Armstrong's National Science Foundation-sponsored Science and Technology Expansion Program (STEP) and working with visually impaired students at Savannah's Bell Program. The past president of Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS), he is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, Beta Beta Beta national biology honors society and Gamma Sigma Epsilon national chemistry honor society, for which he served as past president.

Weaver will be recognized locally during Armstrong's Student Awards Ceremony on April 21 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, located at 11935 Abercorn St.