Chemist Wins Major National Award

By Michael Seele
Chronicle Editor

Asst. Prof. Marc Snapper (Chemistry) has been selected for a prestigious award presented to the nation's elite young chemists.

Snapper is one of just 20 scientists nationally to win the $60,000 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, presented by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation to strengthen the teaching and research careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences.

According to the foundation, the program is designed to provide discretionary funding to faculty at the early stages in their careers. Criteria for selection include a commitment to education and an independent body of scholarship that signals the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching.

"They liked our level of productivity and the quality of our work, I believe," said Snapper. "They liked our dedication to the teaching aspect." Snapper added that the grant will benefit the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral fellow programs in his laboratory.

Snapper is an organic chemist, whose work focuses on "developing better ways of making important molecules," he said. His work has implications for pharmaceuticals. "We're very much interested in the biological end of the molecules," he said.

Snapper added that he will use the grant as seed money for some experimental work. "We are going to try to pursue some very exciting ideas we have," he said. "It's not clear they would be funded by traditional grants. Some of it's risky and we're going to see if we can get some hits."

Asst. Prof. Marc Snapper (Chemistry).

Snapper's honor comes on the heels of a DuPont Young Professor Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship and an Eli Lilly Award, all of which he garnered this academic year.

"It's been an outstanding year for us," Snapper said of his lab group. "It recognizes our program and the department in general. It's more than just me; it's a recognition of the department's rise to national prominence."

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