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Providence College Awarded the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.’s Jean Dreyfus Lectureship Award

First College in RI to Receive Dreyfus Award

Providence, R.I. – August 4, 2017 – Providence College today announced that the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, under the leadership of Dr. Seann Mulcahy and Dr. Kathleen Cornely, has received The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.’s Jean Dreyfus Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions award for 2017. PC is the first college in Rhode Island to receive this distinguished award.

The $18,500 grant provides funding to bring a distinguished researcher to campus to give at least two lectures in the chemical sciences, and to interact with faculty and undergraduate students. One of the lectures will be accessible and promoted to a wide audience that includes the general public, while the other lectures will be more technical and/or specific. The grant will also fund two summer undergraduate research students selected from the pool of rising sophomore, junior, or senior chemistry/biochemistry majors.

The Dreyfus Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of the chemical sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances throughout the world. The Jean Dreyfus Lectureship award is made to only four to six chemistry departments per year across the US, and is viewed as extremely competitive among the chemistry community.

Founded in 1917, Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 3,900 students and offers degrees in 50 academic majors. Since 1997, Providence College consistently has been ranked among the top five regional universities in the North according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”