HPU Chemistry Professor Receives Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 20, 2019 – Dr. Andrew Wommack, assistant professor of chemistry, received the Ruth Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award during High Point University’s 2019 Commencement ceremony. The award recognizes a full-time faculty member for exemplary accomplishments in research and creative endeavors.

Dr. Andrew Wommack, assistant professor of chemistry, received the 2019 Ruth Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award.

Wommack’s research blends two subdisciplines of chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry and bioorganic chemistry, which he studied during his doctoral and post-doctoral training. This new approach has gained interest from the organic chemistry community and has resulted in him receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. To date, his total external grant funding is more than $350,000.

“Dr. Andrew Wommack is a rising star at HPU and in the world of organic chemistry,” says HPU Provost Dr. Dennis Carroll, who presented the award. “He has already brought prestige and academic credibility to our chemistry program. We are truly fortunate to have him at HPU.”

Wommack’s commitment to research has contributed to the culture of scholarship in the Wanek School of Natural Sciences at HPU, where he has mentored 18 undergraduate students. HPU graduates who have worked in his lab are continuing their education in medical school, dental school, pharmacy school and doctoral programs.

Beyond HPU, Wommack has also established a network of scholarship in collaboration with faculty from other universities across the state. He is widely published in academic journals and has presented at numerous professional conferences.

Wommack came to HPU in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree from William Jewell College, a Ph.D. from Boston College and post-doctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“I have been fortunate to work with such great undergraduate research students and alongside supportive faculty and staff at HPU,” says Wommack. “I am thankful to have external funding support, which would not be possible without continued commitment from HPU administration. I am excited to continue this momentum for my own professional growth, but more importantly, it is so gratifying to see our students accomplish so much at HPU and in their future endeavors.”

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