Kevin Epps was named best graduate student in the College of Science and Mathematics at Virginia State University

April 11, 2022
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Jessica Pope
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Kevin John Epps, Jr. of Valdosta, Georgia, received the Spring 2022 President’s Award for Academic Excellence for the College of Science and Mathematics at Valdosta State University. Will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Chemistry branch during VSU’s 233research and development Start at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7 in the front lawn.

Valdosta – Kevin John Epps, Jr. of Valdosta, Georgia, received the Spring 2022 President’s Award for Academic Excellence for the College of Science and Mathematics at Valdosta State University.

The President’s Award for Academic Excellence is given to a high-performing graduate student at each of VSU’s six colleges – Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Arts, and James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Science and Mathematics.

Eppes will be recognized during VSU’s 233research and development Start at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7 in the front lawn. He will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry.

“It is a great honor to be recognized as one of the outstanding scholars and recipient of the President’s Award for Academic Excellence in the College of Science and Mathematics,” he said. “Receiving this award for my efforts will serve as a catalyst and catalyst to continue to pursue academic excellence when I leave VSU and pursue my degree at Georgia Dental School in Augusta.

“VSU has become more than just a school; it has become my second home. I have built relationships with my professors, and my accomplishments are linked to the exceptional coaches and professors who have guided and encouraged me over the past four years. I would like to thank all the dedicated teachers in the College of Science and Mathematics for doing their best to engage my interests and enrich My life as a student.When I leave, I will carry in my heart many fond memories of the classmates and friends I made along the way.

“I want to give all glory to God. Without His unconditional love and the mercy of my soul, I would not be where I am today. Everything is possible in God.”

As a student at VSU, Epps served as President of the Pre-Dental Club, Member of Parliament from the Student Government Association, and Steering Leader for Beginnings Blazer. He was an active member of the Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta): National Biological Honor Society and Sigma Alpha Pi: The National Society for Leadership and Success. Volunteer to serve low-income residents through the Southern Georgia Dental Clinic Health and Homeless Partnership through Lowndes Associated Ministries to People (LAMP) Inc. and completed an internship with the Georgia Department of Public Health, where he helped host elementary school dental fairs and educate students about proper dental hygiene.

Epps conducted a paper titled “Exploration of Deep Eutectic Solvents as Green Solvents for Biocatalyst-Mediated Organic Transformations” under the supervision of Dr. Gobakrishnan Srinilayam, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Virginia State University. This work was shared by VSU’s Blazer Summer Research Institute, Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference, and Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Continuing his collaboration with Sreenilayam, Eppes has also conducted research titled “Development of Protein and Polymer Nano Syntheses as Reusable Biocatalysts,” which he presented at the Georgia Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting and VSU Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Epps’ commitment to academic and research excellence, service, and leadership has led him to be named Georgia Hope Scholar and receive repeated honors on the Dean’s List, the 2022 Biology Prize, the 2022 Student Distinguished Science and Mathematics Award, and the Hinman Dental Association at Hinman University. Atlanta scholarship.

Eppes will attend Georgia College of Dentistry at Augusta University upon graduation. Nearly 2,000 students applied for admission, and 90 students were accepted.

He said, “I have always had a passion for dentistry and I believe it will be an interesting career and will provide me with an opportunity to give back to others.” “Currently, I want to major in oral surgery, but I am leaving the doors open to allow God to guide me through dental school. I hope one day I will be able to return to Valdosta and serve those in my community.”

His supporting family includes his parents Kevin and Zane Epps.

On the web:
https://www.valdosta.edu/administration/advancement/event-services/commencement/
https://www.valdosta.edu/csm/

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