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Chemistry grad students win Dorsey Award

Dorsey Award

Dirk Trauner presents the Dorsey Award to Shelley Claridge and Kristine Nolin.

February 6, 2007

Chemistry graduate students Shelley Claridge and Kristine Nolin have won the Andrew D. Dorsey Memorial Award for teaching excellence. The award was named for Dorsey, a chemistry grad student in the group of Dirk Trauner who died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage in August 2001. The Dorsey Award is given to an organic chemistry graduate student in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and excellence in teaching.

Claridge, a student in the Frechet and Alivisatos research groups, is from College Station, TX, where she earned her B.S. in mathematics and biochemistry at Texas A&M.

“One of the most rewarding things in teaching,” says Claridge, “is to take a subject students dread, like organic chemistry, and convince them that it's useful, that it makes sense, and that it can be fun.”

Dorsey Awards Presentation

The award winners pose with the Dorsey family. (l. to r.) Dirk Trauner, Shelley Claridge, Klara Dorsey, Kristine Nolin, Sarah Dorsey and David Dorsey.

Nolin, from Hockessin, DE, earned her B.S. in chemistry at the University of Delaware. A member of the Toste research group, she will graduate in May and move to a postdoc with Eric Jacobsen at Harvard.

For Nolin, “Teaching has been an extremely rewarding challenge and the interaction with students has enabled me to develop my communication skills. It has been very gratifying to watch the students' level of understanding progress.”

>Dorsey’s family and friends created the award to honor his love of teaching. Dr. David and Klara Dorsey, Andrew’s parents, and his sister, Dr. Sarah Dorsey, all from Madison, WI, attended the ceremony on November 30 as Trauner presented the awards.

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