The award is another in a series of distinctive achievements for Snapper, who during the 1997-98 academic year won a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, DuPont Young Professor Award, Sloan Research Fellowship and an Eli Lilly Award. The year before that, he won a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Career Development Award worth $360,000 over four years.
Snapper said talented colleagues and students and strong laboratory resources at BC have contributed to his recent good fortune.
"It's not just my success, it's the whole department's," said Snapper, whose research centers on the synthesis of molecules used in medicinal and other compounds. "Having successful colleagues brings attention to the department and feeds on itself. It's a wonderful phenomenon."
This latest honor is another indication of the rising stature of the department, said its chairman, Prof. Larry McLaughlin. "Any time we win something given only to a very small handful of researchers," he said, "it is a recognition of the department's quality and ability to compete with the very best."
Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Smyer added, "This accolade continues the department's well-deserved reputation for hiring the best and the brightest."
- Mark Sullivan
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