Finishing Strong: 2015 Graduate Blair Weaver
When Blair Weaver came to Armstrong in 2011, he had his eyes set on the future. Full of ambition, he pursued a dual degree in chemistry and biology.
“I was one of the few students who did a double major because of the extra time it takes,” he explained.
According to Blair, the best part of his experience at Armstrong was working in a biochemistry lab.
“I have been working in Dr. Brent Feske’s lab since May 2012 and I have been able to learn a lot more hands-on than I would ever learn or remember in the classroom or in the instructional labs,” he says. “It has also allowed me to get to know the chemistry faculty and interact with them on a daily basis, which has been invaluable.”
In the fall of 2014, Armstrong introduced a new B.S. in Biochemistry, and for Blair, switching to this major was an easy decision.
“It included both of my passions and got me out of school one year earlier than with the dual degree,” he explains.
During his time at Armstrong, Blair has been an extremely accomplished student. He has earned a 3.97 GPA and has received several awards over the course of his academic career, including Armstrong’s Outstanding Chemistry Senior Award for Academic Achievement, the Georgia Legislative Academic Recognition Day Award, the Col. Henry Kennedy Scholarship, the Dr. Henry and Ann Brandt Family Scholarship, and Armstrong’s Robert Kolodney 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. He also recently received Armstrong’s oldest and most prestigious academic award, the Silver A Award for Academics.
His service to the university and to the community includes 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 children at Savannah’s Bell Program. He is the past president of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) and 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.
“It’s bittersweet to be at the end of my journey at Armstrong, but I look forward to what my future has in store for me,” he says.
Blair has been accepted to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Emory University and the University of Florida for Ph.D. programs in chemistry, all of which rank in the top 25 chemistry programs in the nation.
“I have chosen to attend the University of Florida,” he says with pride. “After I complete my Ph.D., I plan to take a job as a professor at a university similar to Armstrong.”