ACS Fellows engaged in UG research

The class of 2016 ACS fellows was announced on July 18, 2016 – and undergraduate research in chemistry is well-represented.


Carroll, Mary K.

“…highly productive, cross-disciplinary research group composed of faculty and students…”

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Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for the establishment of a highly productive, cross-disciplinary research group composed of faculty and students that has developed and patented an alternate approach to preparing aerogels.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served as a Councilor for the Eastern New York Local Section since 1998 and chaired the Society Committee on Education from 2010 to 2012, where she was instrumental in establishing the Undergraduate Programs Advisory Board.

Hamers, Robert J.

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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for seminal contributions to atomic-level characterization and understanding of the geometry, electronic structure, reactivity, and photochemistry of semiconductor surfaces with practical applications in electronics, biology, catalysis, and environmental science.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry Chair, chaired two ACS National Award selection committees, founded the University of Wisconsin–Madison ACS Student Chapter, and serves as a Senior Editor of Accounts of Chemical Research. Also mentored many K–12 and undergraduate researchers.

Higgins, Thomas B. (*CUR member)

“…a passionate advocate and pioneer for creating undergraduate research opportunities for two-year college students.”

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Harold Washington College

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized as a passionate advocate and pioneer for creating undergraduate research opportunities for two-year college students. He was an early leader and produced numerous presentations and publications that documented student successes.

19Contribution to the ACS community: Served on three national committees (Education, Minority Affairs, and Younger Chemists) and the ACS Scholars Program Selection Committee, co-organized multiple symposia, and received the Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences in 2015.

Pannell, Keith H.

“…research significantly involved Hispanic undergraduate …student coworkers.”

1466707011239University of Texas at El Paso

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for developing fundamental synthetic chemistry of the Group 14 elements, with emphasis on silicon-metal systems. This research significantly involved Hispanic undergraduate and graduate student coworkers.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served twice as a Councilor and as a member of the Committees on International Activities and Public Relations and Communications; chaired two ACS Southwest Regional Meetings; is originator and host of the radio program Science Studio, http://www.sciencestudio.org; and is 2017 President-Elect of the Texas Academy of Science.

Reisner, Barbara A. (*CUR member)

“Initiated the Division of Inorganic Chemistry’s Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry…”

sos-2016-ncstate1James Madison University

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for her contributions to undergraduate education through the Division of Inorganic Chemistry featuring undergraduate awards, the survey on undergraduate inorganic chemistry, and the Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists.

Contribution to the ACS community: Initiated the Division of Inorganic Chemistry’s Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry and the Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry Exam, and served as Solid State Subdivision Chair, an Alternate Councilor, and Primarily Undergraduate Institution Representative.

Spencer, James N.

“…his leadership in the involvement of undergraduates in chemistry research.”

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Franklin & Marshall College (Emeritus)

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for his leadership in the involvement of undergraduates in chemistry research and in the reform of the methods used to teach chemistry at the high school and post-secondary levels.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for serving as Chair of the ACS Task Force on the General Chemistry Curriculum, resulting in recommendations for the content and teaching of the course.

Wenzel, Thomas J. (*CUR member)

“…a leader in promoting research at undergraduate institutions…”

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Bates College

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for his research on the use of NMR spectroscopy for chiral differentiation and as a leader in promoting research at undergraduate institutions and active learning curriculum reform for the classroom and laboratory.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for his service as Chair, Vice Chair, and member of the Committee on Professional Training; the organization of many conference symposia; and as a Contributing Editor of Analytical Chemistry.

Baylouny, Raymond A.

“…mentored the research of 32 undergraduate…students”

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 Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Campus (Emeritus)

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for being a driving force for excellence in teaching at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he mentored the research of 32 undergraduate and 15 graduate students.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized as a leading, most proactive member of the North Jersey Local Section for over 40 years, serving in many roles, including Chair.


The original press release for the 2016 ACS Fellows can be found here.

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