Ms. Patricia Lee-Robinson, associate provost & nominator, and Nathaniel Enriquez, Wesselkamper scholar, besides the portrait of President Sue Wesselkamper. Photo courtesy of IA-Chaminade (T.Yamamoto)

Chaminade University has awarded the 2012 President Sue Wesselkamper Prize endowed by Henry and Charlotte Clark to Nathaniel Enriquez, a senior majoring in forensics/ biochemistry. The announcement was made at the university’s Na Liko Na’auao: A Showcase of Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Work held this April.

As a Chaminade student, Enriquez conducted research at New York University’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Program and at Yale University as part of the Leadership Alliance Program. He currently conducts research at Chaminade under Dr. Joel Kawakami.  In addition, Enriquez has presented scholarly work at NYU, the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Yale University, Leadership Alliance National Symposium, and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans. He has served in leadership and various honor societies, as well as with campus ministry.

Enriquez has also garnered a number of achievement awards such as the American Chemical Society’s Outstanding Student in Organic Chemistry Award and its Outstanding Student in Biochemistry Award.  A graduate of Father Duenas Memorial High School, located in Guam, Enriquez is determined to enter the MD/PhD programs at such schools as University of California San Francisco, New York University or Stanford University.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 9681, which is its main campus. It also has nine satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711. ###

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