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Student speakers selected for Commencement

Graduates will hear from their peers during Commencement ceremonies on May 19 and 20. Justin Martin, Michael Schiffman and Wui Ip have been selected to serve as student speakers.

Martin, who is receiving his doctorate in inorganic chemistry, will address the Graduate School ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19; Schiffman, outgoing Student Association president and finance major, will speak at the professional schools ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 20; and Ip, a 4.0 double major in chemistry and biology, will speak at the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20. All ceremonies will be held in the Events Center.

Martin, 28, provides leadership at many levels within the Department of Chemistry as a teaching assistant, as the student representative to the Graduate Program Committee and as an officer in the chemistry graduate student organization.
He has received the Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Service/Outreach, the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Department of Chemistry and the Excellence in Graduate Polymer research award at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting.

Martin has also been a judge for the regional high school Science Olympiad competition for four years and been a laboratory supervisor for the regional Chemistry Olympiad. Last fall, he was involved in organizing the 34th Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, which brought more than 850 scientists and engineers to Binghamton for three days.

With several offers to weigh, Martin expects to accept a two-year post-doctoral position with a federal government lab to continue developing conducting polymer technologies.

Schiffman, 20, who will continue his studies in dental school after graduation, is a Brooklyn native who grew up in Hewlett.

As president of the Student Association, he has served as the liaison between the student body and the administration for the past year. His prior experience included serving as the Off-Campus College Student Assembly representative, as president of Newing Community and as president of Broome Hall.

Schiffman, a finalist for the Exemplary Student Award in 2006, is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and the PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholars Program, the honors program in the School of Management. He is a also member of Golden Key International Honor Society and the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.

An international student whose first experience in the United States was as a student at Binghamton University, Ip, 22, has conducted research at the Mayo Clinic, studied nanobiotechnology at Cornell University and completed an honors thesis in chemistry. He has been a research assistant in chemistry and biology on campus, working with C. J. Zhong and Anna Tan-Wilson, respectively.

Winner of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, Ip is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has been a resident assistant since 2004, an officer with the Chinese Christian Fellowship since 2002, a leadership consultant for the Center for Excellence in Student Leadership (XCEL) since 2005 and a volunteer at Lourdes Hospital.
Ip also finds time to host a weekly radio program on WHRW for XCEL. He has been a teaching assistant in chemistry, a math and science tutor and a Student Assembly representative.

Ip hopes to attend medical school following graduation.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08