Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions

Deadline: May 20, 2013
Announcement: early August 2013

The Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship awards provide an $18,500 grant to bring a leading researcher to a primarily undergraduate institution to give a series of lectures in the chemical sciences and to support two undergraduates in summer research.  One of the lectures should be of a more general nature and accessible to a wide audience. The remaining lecture(s) may be more technical. The lecturer is expected to substantially interact with undergraduate students and faculty over the period of the visit. The undergraduates are expected to engage with mentors in contemporary research.

Applications for the Lectureship award are accepted from departments in the chemical sciences at primarily undergraduate institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America. Eligible departments grant a BS or MS degree in chemistry, but not a PhD. Institutions are restricted to only one application annually for this program. Institutions that receive an award are not eligible to re-apply for five years.

The application is evaluated based upon the following:

Nominations are reviewed by distinguished faculty in the chemical sciences.

The award total is $18,500. Of this amount, $2,500 is an honorarium for the lecturer, and $5,000 is to be allocated to the support of the lectures (for example: travel, accommodation, receptions and/or dinners, etc.). The remaining $11,000 is to support the summer research of two undergraduate students. Each stipend is to be no less than $4,500. The balance may be used to defray costs associated with the research and/or the scientific advancement of each student, e.g., travel to scientific meetings. Charges associated with indirect costs or institutional overhead are not allowed.

Application Procedure
All materials must be received at the Foundation office by the deadline. The application is limited to nine pages, including the online application form. It should be formatted on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, using a 12-point font. Assemble it as:

1. The online application form (HERE)
2. A brief introduction to the department
3. A listing of the department faculty with their educational backgrounds cited, a brief description of their research programs, a list of three representative research publications and current and recent external support for each.
4. A description of undergraduate involvement in research
5. Examples of the proposed lecturers and topics
6. Proposed schedule of the lectures and activities that demonstrate engagement of the lecturer with students and faculty
7. A description of how the lecturer might integrate into ongoing departmental interests
8. A description of the process to select the undergraduate research students
9. A simple budget describing how award funds are anticipated to be used

Please generate all above materials as a single PDF and e-mail it to: Applications recommended for approval are presented to the Foundation's Board of Directors and announced by early August 2013.

A brief report is due after the lectureship and a second report upon completion of the undergraduate research. Reports should be concise and contain the following information:

Lectureship report:
1. A summary description of the lectureship, including titles, photographs and/or video footage, promotional materials, invited audience, and approximate attendance. 
2. A description of the lecturer’s engagement activities
3. A simple financial statement

Undergraduate Research report:
1. Description of the research activities, curricula vitae of the mentors, and the students' future plans
2. Categorical financial report

Please send each report as a single PDF to:

Additional information
1. Publications and presentations describing research supported by the award should acknowledge the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions.

2. Procedural questions may be directed to the Foundation office by e-mail at or by telephone at 212-753-1760.

2012 Awards

Bard College, Department of Chemistry

Speaker: Robert Grubbs, CalTech, September 2013

Students: to be selected

Colgate University, Department of Chemistry

Speaker: to be selected

Students: to be selected

Eastern Michigan University, Department of Chemistry

Speaker: to be selected

Students: to be selected

Villanova University, Department of Chemistry

Speaker: Daniel Nocera, MIT, April 2013

Students: to be selected

Willamette University, Department of Chemistry

Speaker: to be selected

Students: to be selected

2011 Awards

Northern Kentucky University, Department of Chemistry

Speaker: to be selected

Students: to be selected

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Speaker: Daniel Nocera, MIT, May 2012

Students: Ryan Lehane and Amanda Stubbs

University of San Diego, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Speaker: Colin Nuckolls, Columbia Univ., April 2012

Students: Jeff O’Brien, Weiye Guan, and Randall Clendenen

University of St. Thomas, Department of Chemistry

Speaker: Jay Keasling, Univ. California, Berkeley, May 2013

Students: Thomas Gentile and Amer Schoenecker

Wellesley College, Chemistry Department

Speaker: Laura Kiessling, Univ. Wisconsin, September 2012

Students: Maria Jun and Alexandra Fischer

2010 Awards

Bucknell University, Chemistry Department

Speaker: Richard Zare, Stanford Univ., October 2012

Students: Will Butcher and Mike Mattei

Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, Joint Science Department

Speaker: Uma Chowdhry, DuPont, April 2012

Students: Su Anne Lee and Andrew Vinson

College of the Holy Cross, Chemistry Department

Speaker: Roald Hoffmann, Cornell Univ., April 2011

Students: Mitchell Shetter and Christopher Shugrue

Western Washington University, Chemistry Department

Speaker: Chris Reddy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst., February 2011

Students: Leanne Sebren and Ian Smith

Jean Dreyfus Boissevain

Jean Dreyfus Boissevain was President of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation from 1956 until her death in 1991. Born in Chicago, in 1931 she married Camille Dreyfus, founder and chairman of the Celanese Corporation of America and of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Her second husband, Ernest W. Boissevain, died in 1984.

An operatic soprano and patron of the arts, as Jean Tennyson she sang with several leading European and American opera companies, including La Scala in Milan, the Chicago Civic Opera, and the San Francisco Opera Company. She also sang on the CBS Radio program “Great Moments in Music” from 1942 to 1946.

After World War II, Mrs. Boissevain founded the Artists Veterans Hospital Programs of the Musicians Emergency Fund, which presented concerts for patients in veterans hospitals. She also served as a patron of the Philharmonic Society of New York and as vice chair of New York City’s Lewisohn Stadium Concerts. She was a trustee of the New York City Opera and a principal supporter of the Spoleto Festival.

Mrs. Boissevain received several awards, including the Stella della Solidarieta from the Italian government, the St. Olaf Medal from the King of Norway, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Vermont.