Graduating senior Noah C. Chicoine of North Adams, Mass., has been awarded the Frederica Clarkson Award for the 2019-2020 academic year. Formal recognition will take place at commencement, which is currently planned for August 15.
He was selected for the $1,000 award by a vote of the full University faculty based on his scholarship and promise of outstanding achievement.
The award was established in 1921 as a bequest in the will of Frederica Clarkson, sister of Thomas S. Clarkson, for whom the University is named. This award and the Levinus Clarkson Award are traditionally given to the two top students in the graduating class.
Chicoine, a member of the Honors Program, earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics with a minor in chemistry. He was a presidential scholar for all of his semesters at Clarkson and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society and the Society for Applied and Industrial Mathematics.
He was twice recognized by Clarkson's highest honorary, Phalanx, with the Commendable Service Award and Leadership Award. He is also a recipient of the R. Gerald Bradshaw Award for Mathematics, the Dr. George L. Jones Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award, the Pi Mu Epsilon Sophomore Award for Mathematics and the Vern Clute Memorial Academic Achievement Award.
Chicoine's research experience includes being selected two years in a row for the very competitive NSF REU. In summer 2018 he worked at California State University at Chico, creating a model to obtain unknown thermophysical properties of contacting solids using a system of partial differential equations. In summer 2019, he worked at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to update a pharmacokinetic model of blood coagulation to model symptoms and treatment of hereditary angioedema.
He also held an undergraduate research assistantship at Clarkson's Evolution and Cognition Lab, leading a virtual reality foraging study; and performed Honors Program research in the Department of Mathematics, using data mining techniques to model enrollment patterns, and in the Department of Chemical Engineering, using an electrospray apparatus to create and analyze size variation in nanoparticles for applications in drug delivery.
Chicoine has delivered multiple conference presentations and presented a number of conference posters at conferences in the United States and Canada.
After graduation, Chicoine will pursue a Ph.D. in industrial engineering at Northeastern University. He plans to participate in research involving drug shortages in pharmaceutical supply chains and then hopes to develop his skills in data mining and optimization to help industries.