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Michael A. Sweeney Endowed Award

The Dr. Michael A. Sweeney Endowed Award in Chemistry and Biochemistry endowment is being established to honor and remember Dr. Michael A. Sweeney, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Santa Clara University, where he taught for 46 years.

Dr. Sweeney was devoted to his students and their education. He loved teaching and his energy was boundless. He engaged students in his research, inspired them with his love of chemistry, and used humor in his teaching. Students from his first graduating class in 1966 presented him with a pamphlet titled, “Sweeney’s Similes,” in which they had transcribed many of the humorous analogies he used during lectures to help them understand the material.

The Dr. Michael A. Sweeney Endowed Award in Chemistry and Biochemistry is intended to benefit one or more students annually who are majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry and who best exemplify Dr. Sweeney’s passion for teaching, curiosity, and humor.

Contributed by Marie Brancati, Director of External Relations, College of Arts and Sciences

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