UNF chemistry program to host renowned scientist in 2015

Joshua Brangenberg

The Department of Chemistry at UNF was awarded the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions. The award provides a grant for $18,500 which will be used for three guest lecture days on chemical science and support for two undergraduate student summer research fellowships.

Dr. John Kantner, the Associate Vice President for Research & Dean of the Graduate School explains the uses of the grant  from the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions. Photo courtesy UNF website
Dr. John Kantner, the Associate Vice President for Research & Dean of the Graduate School, says the grant helps students with their research skills.
Photo courtesy UNF website

Commonly, institutions that receive this award host Nobel laureates for the lecture series said UNF Associate Vice President for Research & Dean of the Graduate School John Kantner, Ph.D. He added that the grant helps undergraduates hone research skills, which can lead to exciting career opportunities.

Dr. Kenneth Laali, UNF chemistry professor, describes the type of students they want to use the grant. Photo courtesy UNF website
Dr. Kenneth Laali, UNF chemistry professor, says they want the best students to use the grant.
Photo courtesy UNF website

UNF is the first Florida school to be honored with the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions. Every year, only five undergraduate institutions receive this award.

Two undergraduate students will receive a stipend of at least $4,500 for their summer research, compared to the $1,800 stipend through the UNF Student Summer Fellowship Award. UNF chemistry professor Kenneth Laali, Ph.D. said that they want the best students with research experience to receive this grant.

While all plans are tentative, Dr. Laali said they hope to decide on details regarding the guest speaker and chosen students over the next semester.

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