Clayton State University senior chemistry and mathematics major Marcus Bartlett (McDonough) was presented with a Georgia State Senate resolution last week, honoring his accomplishments at the University, including the Bartlett Index, a topological index for molecules representable by graph theoretic trees that was recently named after him.
Attending the ceremony at the chambers of State Senator Rick Jeffares, in addition to Bartlett and his family, were Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes, and Clayton State Director of Special Projects Jim Flowers. A student at Clayton State since the spring semester of 2008, and a member of the Clayton State Dean’s List 11 times over, Bartlett will graduate in May 2013 with his dreams made real.
The Senate resolution reads as follows:
Recognizing and commending Clayton State University student Marcus Bartlett and inviting him to be recognized by the Senate; and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, Mr. Bartlett began college at age 24 and at age 30 is a senior at Clayton State University having worked in the fields of heating and air and cabinetry since high school; and
WHERAS, Mr. Bartlett will graduate with a double major in Chemistry and Mathematics; is published in the Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing; and has been recognized as the discoverer of a new measure of distances of structures in molecules, the Bartlett Index; and
WHEREAS Mr. Bartlett’s achievements as an undergraduate student are rare, they are even more remarkable as he began his college career as a someone who, in his words, “was horrible in math” and had to enroll in basic developmental math courses; and
WHEREAS Mr. Bartlett strove to take every math course he could in order to pursue his dream career in drafting and engineering; and demonstrated his determination by taking an independent study course in differential equations while working nights at UPS; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Bartlett has taken time to help others by tutoring fellow students in math, physics and chemistry in Clayton State’s Academic Success Center; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Bartlett has been accepted to the chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Bartlett has demonstrated that commitment to a strong work ethic, a desire to learn, and a drive to discover are traits that create new careers and new discoveries, and that future Georgians may share in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE that the members of this body recognize and commend Mr. Marcus Bartlett for his commitment to lifelong learning in science and mathematics, and his perseverance to pursue his dream and extend to him their most sincere best wishes for future success.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to Mr. Marcus Bartlett.
“I have had the chance to take classes with some great professors at Clayton State and would owe my success and my transition from going from a B student to a mostly all A student to these people,” says Bartlett, singling out Dean Lila Roberts, Dr. Elliott Krop, and Dr. Cathie Aust among the Math faculty, and Dr. Jonathan Lyon in Chemistry. “I would like to give Dr. Lyon credit for introducing me to and heightening my interest in theoretical and computational chemistry. I have also been given the chance to work with Dr. Krop for four semesters of research now and would say that I have learned a lot about research from him and how to successfully go about gaining results and thinking outside the box.”