Kiran Allam International Award 

Kiran Allam

The award honors Dr Kiran Kumar Allam who hailed from Andhra Pradesh, a state in southeastern India, and received his Undergraduate Degree from Kakatiya University, Warangal, India in 1996.  He earned two Master’s Degrees - from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India in 2000 and from the University of Arizona in Tuscon, AZ, in 2005.  Kiran joined the PhD program in Chemistry in 2005.  He served as a TA for the Department of Chemistry and he conducted research in the laboratory of Professor Graça Vicente, passing his General Exam in April 2007.  He was passionate about his research and had a strong desire to use his chemistry to help develop treatments for currently untreatable diseases, such as malignant brain tumors.  His peers remember him as a caring person who always had a smile and a kind word.  The evening of Thursday, December 13th, 2007, Kiran and his friend Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma were shot dead at the Edward Gay Apartments, just north of campus.  Kiran was awarded his PhD posthumously in 2008.

This award is for an international student who has excelled in teaching and research.  The award is funded by the donations of alumni and friends to the Chemistry Development Fund. 

The 2018 recipient of this award was Thenahandi Deepthi De Silva of the Warner Group (pictured with Professor John Pojman, Director of Graduate Studies).

Thenahandi  DeSilva with John Pojman


Previous recipients:

  • 2017    Bijeta Prasai (McCarley Group)
  • 2016    Sunting Xuan (Vicente and Zhang Groups)
  • 2015    Suraj Hettiarachchi (McCarley Group)
  • 2014    Bishnu Regmi (Warner Group)
  • 2013    Dinesh Bhupathiraju (Vicente Group)
  • 2012    Pramuditha Abhayawardhana (Marzilli Group)
  • 2011    Benson Edagwa (Taylor Group)
  • 2010    Euiyong Hwang (Nesterov Group)
  • 2009    Vivian Fernand (Warner Group)
  • 2008    Yoseph Marcos (Maverick Group)