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North alum earns chemistry honor

POSTED: January 21, 2013 12:30 a.m.

A Forsyth County student at the University of North Georgia has been selected for a prestigious chemistry award.

Sophomore Zachary Husk, a North Forsyth High School graduate who attends the university’s Dahlonega campus, was chosen for the 2013 American Chemical Society Student Leadership Award.

As the recipient, Husk will be sponsored by the society to travel to Dallas for this year’s ACS Leadership Institute from Jan. 25-27.

At the conference, he will be paired with a mentor and participate in various sessions with peers, as well as in a leadership development course.

Husk has been a member of the society for more than a year, and has been in the Society of Chemistry Students since fall 2010. He is a former secretary of that group.

After he graduates from the University of North Georgia, Husk plans to continue his education in the medical arena.

In a statement, he said he plans on “studying organic synthesis with a medicinal chemistry focus so I can one day go into drug development and design.”

“I am very interested in oncology, so any research dealing with the synthesis of drugs that target cancer world be my ideal career,” he said.

Husk attributed his success to the strong support of family and the chemistry faculty, most notably Holly Carpenter Desai, who allowed Husk to shadow her and her research team while still in high school.

“The quality of instruction and undergraduate research opportunities that I have received in the department of chemistry at UNG are outstanding,” he said.


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