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Technology Student Receives Highest Score on AIC National Certification Exam

Construction Student Ethan Jeffcoat 
Pictured (L to R): Dr. Lingguang Song, Ethan Jeffcoat, Provost Paula Myrick Short, and Dean Neil Eldin.

Ethan Jeffcoat, senior Construction Management major in the College of Technology, received the highest score in the nation (281 out of 300, or 93.6%) on the American Institute of Contractors (AIC) National Certification Exam. The average passing rate for the exam is 67% nationally with UH students passing on average 78.8%.

The AIC exam is administered by the American Institute of Contsructors and with a passing score on the exam and four years of professional experience, students can sit for the second level exam, the Certified Professional Constructor (CPC). The CPC is similar to the Professional Engineering license for engineers.

Ethan Jeffcoat passed with not only the highest score nationwide, but while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He is the current president of the UH Student Chapter of the Officer of the Associated Builders and Contractors and a member of Sigma Lambda Chi, the international construction honor society. He also minors in Business Administration and will graduate in May 2017.  

Student Chapter of American Chemical Society Receives Outstanding Award

  Simon Bott with ACS Students
  Former Chemistry Professor Simon Bott pictured with students from the American Chemical Society (ACS).

The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at the University of Houston recently received an Outstanding award for its 2015-2016 year activities. With over 400 reports submitted, only 46 (11%) received the Outstanding designation. The winning chapters will also be honored at the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

The chapter is led by faculty advisor Dr. Mary Bean, department of chemistry. The previous faculty advisor, Chemistry Professor Simon Bott, left UH in August to work at Swansea University's chemistry department. 

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