Chemistry professor Luis Colón receives 2016 Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences from the American Chemical Society (ACS)
Since joining the UB faculty in 1993, Luis Colón, the A. Conger Goodyear Professor in the Department of Chemistry, has mentored 27 PhD students, 14 master’s students and more than 35 undergraduates. Many of these students are women or from underrepresented groups, including a number from his native Puerto Rico. His commitment to mentoring has been recognized with numerous awards over the years, including being named by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring; the 2004 Faculty Mentor of the Year award from the Compact for Faculty Diversity, a national initiative to produce more minority PhDs and encourage them to seek faculty positions; the 2009 Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the ACS’ 2010 Stanley C. Israel Award; and the 2012 Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award from the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.
He has added another honor to that list: the 2016 Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences from the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award, sponsored by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, recognizes “significant accomplishments by individuals in stimulating students, underrepresented in the profession, to elect careers in the chemical sciences and engineering.”