Recent Graduate Received Award from Chemical Society

Friday, June 1, 2012

Ashley Blystone, a Westminster College May graduate in chemistry, received a cash award from the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh at its annual awards banquet May 16 at Duquesne University.

The annual award is given to an outstanding senior chemistry major based on accomplishments in undergraduate chemistry, chemistry-related projects, and a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

In addition to the individual award, Westminster received a grant to purchase a book in Blystone's honor for the library.

Blystone was accompanied at the banquet by her mother, Jessica Blystone, and Westminster chemistry mentors Dr. Helen Boylan, associate professor, and Dr. Sarah Kennedy, assistant professor.

Blystone is a daughter of Brian and Jessica Blystone of Ford City and a graduate of Ford City High School.

Contact Kennedy at (724) 946-7294 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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(L-r) SACP Chair Dr. Fu-Tyan Lin, Ashley Blystone, Dr. Sarah Kennedy