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Jean Dreyfus Lectureship Awards CSU Pueblo as One of Eight Undergraduate Institution Grant Recipients

Release Date: January 09, 2024

Gena Alfonso

Director of Communications/PIO

Colorado State University Pueblo

(719) 671-0929

chemistry student

PUEBLO, COLORADO – Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Samuel Gockel has secured an $18,500 grant from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The Jean Dreyfus Lectureship Award provides funding to host a prominent researcher on campus for a guest lecture series. The grant aims to offer academic enrichment and support summer research fellowships for two undergraduate students who will collaborate with mentors in contemporary chemistry.

“This noteworthy accolade granted upon CSU Pueblo, shows as a true testament to Dr. Gockel’s exemplary contribution to the field,” CSU Pueblo Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gail Mackin said.

Professor Gary Molander from the University of Pennsylvania will present his research on solar energy at the CSU Pueblo campus. This presentation is particularly significant considering the crucial role that solar energy plays in the greater Pueblo community. The lecture will be open to the public, and Professor Molander will spend multiple days on campus, engaging with undergraduate students and faculty in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) during his visit.

“We hope that this seminar will stir excitement for STEM within Pueblo and perhaps, attract new students to consider going to college and to study in STEM fields,” Dr. Gockel said.

A planned question and answer session is on the agenda, offering students the opportunity to join and inquire with Professor Molander. They will discuss graduate school, potential career paths with their degrees, the choice between industry and academia, and receive general advice.

About the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

The purpose of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., is to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances throughout the world. Established in 1946 by chemist, inventor, and businessman Camille Dreyfus as a memorial to his brother Henry, the Foundation became a memorial to both men when Camille Dreyfus died in 1956. Throughout its history the Foundation has sought to take the lead in identifying and addressing needs and opportunities in the chemical sciences through a series of programs and awards.

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