posted November 18, 2008

Foundation Awards Grant for Student Research

For the second consecutive year, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation is presenting Hope College with support for a student to conduct research during the summer in chemistry.

The foundation annually provides the awards, the "Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Undergraduate Scholarship for Excellence in Chemistry," to selected colleges and universities as a stipend for an exceptional undergraduate to carry out chemistry research with a faculty mentor.   They are presented in recognition of the positive environment that the recipient institutions provide to encourage undergraduates to develop interest in the chemical sciences through research.

The award will include a $4,500 salary to support the student in conducting research for 10 weeks during the forthcoming summer and an additional $1,000 for related supplies.

Students at Hope engage in collaborative research projects with the college's faculty both part-time during the school year and full-time for several weeks during the summer.

During each of the past three years, more than 160 students have participated in research each summer across a variety of disciplines.  Of the total, approximately 10-15 percent come from other undergraduate institutions and five-10 percent are students from local high schools, with the balance being from Hope.

Over each of the past five years, approximately 50 students have conducted summer research in chemistry.  The Dreyfus scholarship that Hope received last year supported Amy Speelman, a Hope senior from Darien, Ill., who conducted research with Dr. Jason Gillmore focused on efficient computational methods for accurately predicting organic reduction potentials for photooxidant design. Speelman presented the results of her summer research at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Philadelphia in August, and has a publication in preparation.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Inc. was established in 1946 and is a memorial to Camille and Henry Dreyfus, two brothers who made major contributions in the research of materials used in the manufacture of photographic films.  The foundation's purpose is to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances around the world.  Chartered as a not-for-profit corporation by the State of New York with offices in New York City, the foundation makes awards to academic and other eligible institutions through several awards programs.

Jean Dreyfus Boissevain was president of the foundation from 1956 until her death in 1991.  She was the widow of Camille Dreyfus.  Her second husband, Ernest W. Boissevain, died in 1984.