The highest honor that the Chemistry Department bestows on a graduating PhD student is the John G. Miller Award, which honors the most outstanding doctoral thesis in Chemistry every year. John Miller who committed much of his life to Penn. He was a native Philadelphian, and he earned his BA, his MS and his PhD all at Penn. He later joined the Chemistry Department faculty to perform research on thermodynamics and dielectric properties of matter during a career that spanned five decades.
The 2023 recipient of this award is Afshan Jafari from Dan Mindiola’s group. Afshan recently joined Henkel Technologies in Michigan as a Product Development Chemist.