Spectrum | Apr. 17 6:02 pm EST

CC, your valedictorian and salutatorian are …

Chemistry major Zach Brill earned the top spot, and anthropology major Zach Levine is Columbia College class of 2012′s salutatorian. Congrats! Full announcement from Hazel May, senior associate dean of academic affairs, after the jump.

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Columbia College Committee on Honors, Awards, and Prizes, I am pleased to announce the names of the Class of 2012 Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

Valedictorian: Zachary Brill

Zachary Brill is a Chemistry major from New Jersey. While he has of course distinguished himself across all his studies, members of the Chemistry faculty report that he is a “truly special individual” who has made a significant contribution to research and citizenship in the department. Having received funding from the Columbia College Class of 1939 Fellowship and the American Chemical Society, Zachary has been able to sustain his research over three years in the laboratory of Professor Scott Snyder. His work, focused on the synthesis of two complex products derived from resveratrol, was published in the peer reviewed journal Organic Letters (2011, 13, 5524) and, unusually for an undergraduate, Zach was the sole author with Professor Snyder. Zachary will continue his studies in organic chemistry when he starts his PhD work in the fall.

Salutatorian: Zachary Levine

Zachary Levine is an Anthropology major from California, currently completing a thesis on religion, symbolic economics, politics, and social justice in Nigeria (supported by three different and highly competitive research grants) as well as research into public health programs in Peru. Both an extraordinary scholar and a committed citizen, Zachary’s nomination for this honor was supported by a “level of recognition from … a diverse field of scholars” not previously encountered by the Department of Anthropology. In 2010 Zachary established the undergraduate journal Extension: A Columbia Journal of Anthropology – now a vibrant opportunity for undergraduate intellectual engagement – and in 2011 he was a Rhodes finalist.

Please join me in congratulating these two outstanding students.

Kind regards,

Hazel May
Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Columbia College




  1. ZACH • April 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm • Reply


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  2. JJ12 • April 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm • Reply

    I <3 Hazel May

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  3. alum • April 17, 2012 at 10:20 pm • Reply

    um what he didn’t establish the journal

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  4. Hazel May • April 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm • Reply

    I <3 JJ12

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  5. Anogie • April 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm • Reply

    Zach you are the shit!!!

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  6. The Cloaked Orange Banana Peel • April 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm • Reply

    Notice how neither of these individuals have any financial ties to the spec! Suprise? I think not. specsucks.wordpress.com

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  7. Gingers • April 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm • Reply

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  8. Melly • April 20, 2012 at 1:27 am • Reply

    Love this!

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