Today I was awarded the Tito Scaiano Scholarship Fund. This award was established by Professor Tito Scaiano and is an internal award within the Department of Chemistry. Tito Scaiano holds the Canada Research Chair in Applied Photochemistry and is a Distinguished Professor here at the University of Otawa.

I wanted to thank my references Dr. James Gauld and Dr. Rob Schurko. Dr. Gauld was my supervisor during my time at University of Windsor in my Undergrad and he is the one who introduced me to computational chemistry in the first place. Dr. Schurko was my 410 thesis class supervisor as well as an instructor for my various courses and was an excellent organizer of the class.

Lastly, I have to thank Dr. Paul Mayer, the head of the chemistry department and Dr. Tom Woo my supervisor for their continued support.