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Clarkson Professor Emeritus Zuman Receives Dreyfus Award

Petr Zuman, Distinguished University Research Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Clarkson University, recently received a $20,000 award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The award, part of the Senior Scientist Mentor Initiative, was awarded to Zuman for his commitment to close advising and mentoring of undergraduate research participants.

“The initiative is aimed at retired academics with a strong research record and enables them to supervise research by undergraduates,” said Zuman who has been teaching at Clarkson since 1970.  “During my 30 years at Clarkson, I supervised research of 33 undergraduates and with 23 of them we published 34 papers. I enjoy working with undergraduates in the lab and I am looking forward to another pleasant experience.”

Zuman received the award for his proposal “Acid Catalyzed Hydrolysis of Some Azines.” He is one of 13 recipients, joining winners from such prestigious institutions as the University of Arizona, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Chicago, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

“It is a very prestigious and significant award,” said Clarkson Vice President for Academic Affairs Anthony G. Collins. “To have one of our emeritus faculty members chosen for this nationally competitive honor speaks to everything this University is about. That our emeritus faculty continue to conduct research and mentor undergraduates is evidence of their commitment to science and learning.”

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation was established in 1946 "to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances around the world." The foundation is based in New York City.

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