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Anh Tran, of Roanoke, Virginia, received the Outstanding Recent Alumna Award during the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recent alumni awards ceremony.
Tran earned her B.S. in biochemistry in 2006 and is currently a senior research associate with Novozymes Biologicals Inc. in Salem, Virginia. Her work has resulted in the award of a patent and a publication in the prestigious international journal Biochemistry. Since 2010, Tran has been responsible for overseeing the critical process of disposing of hazardous waste materials generated by operations at their Salem location and is co-chair of the company’s community relations committee.
She also serves as the Virginia Tech alumni representative to Novozyme's Research and Development Recruiting Team and has regularly participated in activities of benefit to biochemistry majors at Virginia Tech. For many years she has visited campus to make presentations to student clubs and in BCHM 4074 Career Orientation in Biochemistry regarding opportunities, expectations, and preparation for careers in the biotechnology industry. Numerous students from Virginia Tech have been able to participate in valuable educational and career-building internships, some of which have progressed to full-time positions with Novozymes following graduation.
“Since graduating from Virginia Tech, Anh has been extremely generous in volunteering her time and efforts to help current students learn about and prepare themselves for transitioning to the status of young professional. Students find Anh to be not just knowledgeable, but enthusiastic, genuine, and approachable. Always willing to go the extra mile, Anh has advised many of our students and assisted several in obtaining jobs and internships,” said Peter Kennelly, professor and former department head of biochemistry.