Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Awards Program

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The Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding for faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education.

Applications for this program are by invitation only. The University of Rochester can nominate one candidate for the 2013 award.


$75,000 unrestricted research grant, including $7,500 for departmental expenses associated with research and education. Institutional indirect costs are not allowed.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Faculty in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering.
  • Nominees must hold a full-time, tenure-track academic appointment, and must have been appointed no earlier than mid-2007.
  • Awardees are from PhD granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity.
  • Undergraduate education is an important component of the nominee’s activities.

Research Interests

Chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering.

Protected Time Requirement


Limitations on Other Awards


Internal/External Deadlines

Internal Review Deadline: September 1, 2012
The Provost has requested one recommendation each from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Faculty who wish to be considered should e-mail their expressions of interest by September 1, 2012 to Debra Haring, (Arts and Sciences); Cindy Gary, (Engineering); or Catherine Muzytchuk, (Medicine and Dentistry) with the words CAMILLE DREYFUS TEACHER SCHOLAR AWARD in the subject line.

The expression of interest must include:

(1) A chair’s letter recommending the candidate;

(2) The candidate’s biosketch or CV; and

(3) A brief abstract of the proposed research (three pages explaining why the research is important). SMD candidates should use the attached forms.
Candidates will be notified of the Provost’s decision by October 15, 2012.

Foundation Application Deadline: February 10, 2013

Per University policy, the UR nominee must submit his or her application five business days in advance (February 5, 2013) and provide Foundation Relations with a final copy for review ten business days in advance (February 1, 2013).
Faculty with questions should contact Dr. Paul A. Spengler, Director of UR Foundation Relations, at 276-3955 or Dr. Spengler will work with the nominated candidate to submit his or her application.

Review Criteria

  • Independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of faculty appointment as an independent researcher;
  • Demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching;
  • The nominee should describe dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates; and
  • Recommendations for awards are based primarily on the nominee’s scholarly research achievements as an independent faculty member, as assessed by the foundation’s reviewers and the judgment of the nominee’s peers, exemplified by letters of recommendation. Other factors are awards, honors, publication in leading journals, and success in attracting research funding.


Award announcements will be made by early May 2013. To read the full announcement, click here


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