Trevor Kishbaugh, son of Levi and Kathleen Kishbaugh of Groveland, was named to the dean's list for the second semester of the 2011-12 school year at Hope College.
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Thomas Gostanian graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 11. Gostanian was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. Gostanian, a 2008 graduate of Haverhill High School, was accepted into the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst. He completed both the general studies and advanced scholarship curricula, including an intensive capstone thesis project, which involved molecular simulations of biomass derived chemicals through catalyst crystal pores.
The summer before his junior year, Gostanian was accepted into a National Science Foundation funded REU program (Research Experience for Undergraduates). That summer he worked under Dr. Chul Park of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department of UMass Amherst, researching new techniques in wastewater sludge removal. In the summer of his senior year he traveled to South Carolina to participate in another REU program.
There, he worked on synthesis of copper and gold bimetallic nanoparticles for potential use in catalytic converters. His results earned him first place for presentational skills at the end of summer talks, and third place for poster presentations at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in Minneapolis that fall.
His time at UMass wasn't only about earning his degree.
He performed in nearly a dozen plays and stage readings over the last four years through the Center for the Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies in Amherst, as well as a Hampshire Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet in the summer of 2010.
He also traveled to the University of Toronto's Victoria College for the Chester Cycle Plays in 2010. He is planning to spend June backpacking through Europe with some friends and then he will return to UMass Amherst for the remainder of the summer to continue his research. Gostanian will attend the University of Wisconsin Madison in the fall to pursue his PhD in chemical engineering.