Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

Office of News & Public Affairs

Boston College Chemist Lawrence Scott
Wins 2012 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (October 2012) – Boston College organic chemist Lawrence T. Scott has been honored by Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society, with a 2012 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award for his co-edited book, Fragments of Fullerenes and Carbon Nanotubes. Scott’s publication, co-edited with Marina A. Petrukhina and published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., was one of only four winners, chosen from a field of 50 entries representing 16 Jesuit institutions.

Lawrence T. Scott

The Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Book Awards, established in 1979, recognize outstanding publishing achievement at Jesuit colleges and universities. Books are judged on the basis of scholarship, significance of topic to scholars across several disciplines, authority in interpretation, objectivity, presentation and style. Faculty and administrators of the 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities, two in Canada and one in Korea are eligible for consideration.

This year's awards recognized books in the sciences, as represented by four different disciplines: social sciences, natural sciences, computer sciences and health sciences. Scott’s book was the winner in the natural sciences category.

"I feel greatly honored that my book was chosen for this highly prestigious award. The investments Boston College has made in the sciences over the last two decades have successfully elevated several of our departments to national prominence. I believe Saint Ignatius would be pleased to know that excellence in research and scholarship, across all disciplines, continues to be valued and supported at Jesuit colleges and universities," said Scott.

Scott joined the Boston College faculty in 1993 and holds the Louise and Jim Vanderslice and Family Chair in Chemistry. A leader in the development of laboratory methods for the chemical synthesis of carbon-rich materials, Scott was recently named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the largest single-science professional society in the world.

He serves as chair-elect for the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry and sits on the editorial advisory board for The Journal of Organic Chemistry.


--Kathleen Sullivan, Office of News & Public Affairs,