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The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's chemistry department has received a $5,500 Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Undergraduate Scholarship for Excellence in Chemistry.
"While the amount of the award is not large by comparison to many grants the department receives, it is noteworthy in that it's not something we could have applied for," said Dr. Jack Pladziewicz, chemistry department chair.
The money is to be used to fund an undergraduate chemist to do a student-faculty collaborative research project for two consecutive summers.
Established in 1993 by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Scholarships are named for the foundation's late president, who throughout her lifetime maintained an abiding interest in students and their academic achievement. In this spirit, the foundation initiated the scholarship program to encourage outstanding undergraduates to choose careers in chemical sciences.
The department did not apply for the scholarship. The foundation's board of directors identified institutions to receive the award on the basis of their accomplishments in chemical sciences.
"The board selects schools they think have good promise," Pladziewicz said, adding UW-Eau Claire was among about 600 programs considered nationwide. "They know about us because we've had faculty be successful before in getting other grants through the Dreyfus program."
Pladziewicz said he was very pleased to learn the department was one of 10 awardees nationwide.
"It's very satisfying to get this recognition," he said, noting UW-Eau Claire has not received this award before. "It's a sign of the quality of work the faculty and students have done in the last five to 10 years. To get an award like this you need to establish a reputation, a reputation that is only built over a period of time."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 3, 1999