Chemistry graduate Merle Phillips (BS Chemistry, ’20) has been recognized as the Graduating Senior of the Year by the Missouri Western Alumni Association. As a student Merle engaged in awarding winning research both at Missouri Western as well as Harvard Medical School. He was also recognized multiple times with awards from the American Chemical Society. Merle served in a variety of critical leadership roles and was a frequent volunteer at outreach events. Merle will be attending Harvard in pursuit of his Ph.D. beginning this fall.