A grant is funding undergrad research and a lecture series

Willamette University is one of five undergraduate institutions nationwide to receive the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions this year.

With the funds, Willamette will host a series of lectures in the chemical sciences in the spring of 2013. The grant will also support two summer undergraduate research students, who will participate in the university’s Science Collaborative Research Program next summer.

"This award is significant because it will allow Willamette students to interact with, learn from, and be mentored by a nationally prominent scientist and educator," said chemistry professor Drew Duncan. "Opportunities like this are so important to our students, particularly as they begin to shape their goals and aspirations for their post-Willamette lives."

Although the details are pending, professors Duncan and Chuck Williamson said the Chemistry department will invite a distinguished female biochemist to campus. This biochemist will spend two days at Willamette, spending her time interacting with students, faculty and community members in both formal and informal settings.

She will give two presentations — one on a technical research topic open to Willamette Valley scientists and students, and another, non-technical “Science Pub” open to all Salem residents, Williamson and Duncan said. She will also spend time with the Webber Scholars in a local elementary school classroom.

"The Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship provides an opportunity to bring people from many communities together to share their passion for cutting-edge research and outstanding scientific education," Williamson said. "We are grateful to the Dreyfus Foundation for the award and are excited to see the many benefits the Lectureship will have for our students and colleagues."