The Provost Award was established in 2014 to honor an outstanding graduating student who transferred to the University of Arizona from an Arizona community college. Criteria for the award includes perseverance and commitment to academic studies, contributions to the UA community and above-average scholastic ability, citizenship and leadership.
2016 Provost Award Recipients:
Graduating in May 2016, Christopher Jabczynski, will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the College of Engineering. This non-traditional student is a Chicago native with a strong passion for math and science. Before transferring to the University of Arizona, Chris took classes at Pima Community College, where he was further inspired and emboldened to be an engineer and share his love of science with others.
Following his classwork at Pima, Christopher became involved in outreach, tutoring, and mentorship, which he continued at the University of Arizona. Christopher served the Arizona community as an Engineering Ambassador at the UA College of Engineering. This position allowed him to provide guidance and information to incoming high school and transfer students, in addition to running workshops on interview preparation.
Christopher has been actively involved at the University. In the student chapter of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers, Christopher served as both a member and an officer. In 2015, Christopher was president of the UA chapter of the National Honor Society for Chemical Engineering, Omega Chi Epsilon.
Outside of his academic and leadership activities, Christopher has participated in many research opportunities. He received the prestigious NASA Space Grant Internship, which allowed him to work in the lab of Dr. Anthony Muscat on projects related to the semiconductor industry. Christopher also worked with Dr. Paul Blowers on big data projects related to student access to material in a flipped classroom model, receiving numerous grants from the Honors College for this work.
In addition, he has received fellowships to pursue reactor design from the National Collegiate Honors Council, and the North Atlantic Salmon Federation. Christopher has had numerous internships, with the most recent at the Dial Corporation, which led to a utility patent for a soap formulation.
After graduation, Christopher plans to pursue employment in the consumer goods industry, while attaining his graduate degree in Chemical Engineering.