Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions

Deadline: August 18, 2011

Announcement: Late October 2011

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.  The lecturer is expected to substantially interact with undergraduate students and faculty over the period of the visit. The program provides funds to host the speaker and support of summer research opportunities for two undergraduate students.

Eligibility
Applications for the Lectureship award will be 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.

Selection
Evaluation of the application is based upon the proposed invited lecturer and schedule of the visit, which is expected to be a minimum of two days. Included is an assessment of the department’s efforts in scholarly research and education in the contemporary chemical sciences.  Cited examples of the latter may include, but are not limited to, descriptions of the faculty research programs, internal and external research support, undergraduate participation in research, special educational or outreach efforts, the historical number of chemistry majors, and the number of those that go on to graduate school in the chemical sciences.  Three awards are made per year. Nominations are reviewed by distinguished faculty in the chemical sciences.

2010 Awards

  • Bucknell University, Chemistry Department
  • Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, Joint Science Department
  • College of the Holy Cross, Chemistry Department
  • Western Washington University, Chemistry Department

Budget
The award total is $18,500. Of this amount, $5,000 is to be allocated to the support of the lectures (for example: travel, accommodation, receptions and/or dinners, etc.) and $2,500 as an honorarium for the lecturer.  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.

Application Procedure
The deadline is August 18, 2011. The application is limited to nine pages and should be formatted on 8.5 x 11-inch paper, using a 12-point font. The nine page limit includes the online application form. Assemble it as:

1. A printout of the online application form
2. An introduction to the department
3. A listing of the department faculty that includes their educational training, a brief description of their research programs, and financial support
4. A description of the extent of undergraduate involvement in research
5. Examples of the proposed lecturers and their associated topics
6. Proposed schedule of the lectures and activities that demonstrate engagement of the lecturer with students and faculty
7. A simple budget describing how award funds are anticipated to be used
8. A description of the process to select the undergraduate research students

Please generate all above materials as a single PDF document and e-mail it to: programs@dreyfus.org.

Reports
A brief report is due after the lectureship and a second report upon completion of the undergraduate research. Reports should be concise, formatted as single-sided, on 8.5 x 11-inch paper, using 12-point font size, and contain the following sections that apply:

Lectureship report:

1. A summary description of the lectureship, including titles, invited audience, approximate attendance, and lecturer engagement activities

2. Examples of any promotional materials

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

E-mail each report to: programs@dreyfus.org.

Additional information
Publications and presentations describing research supported by the award should acknowledge the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship in the Chemical Sciences for Undergraduate Institutions. Procedural questions may be directed to the Foundation office by telephone at 212-753-1760 or e-mail at programs@dreyfus.org.

The Lectureship replaces the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Undergraduate Scholarships for Excellence in Chemistry.