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Segalman wins Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award

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Chemical Engineering Professor Rachel Segalman.

May 18, 2010

Chemical engineering professor Rachel Segalman is one of 14 chemical scientists nationally to win a 2010 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. Segalman was the sole nominee from the Berkeley campus and one of two UC professors to win the award, along with biochemist Songi Han of UC Santa Barbara.  

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Criteria for selection include a demonstrated commitment to education that signals the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The award provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000 over a period of five years.

For the last five years, Segalman has taken charge of ChemE 178, an interdisciplinary course on the synthesis, characterization, and properties of polymer materials. The course is taken by chemical engineering, chemistry and materials science undergrads.

Under her direction, the enrollment has climbed from about 20 to 60 students, even though Segalman has been known to ask complex exam questions on everyday polymer materials like chewing gum. She also has been teaching ChemE 154, the undergraduate lab course.

Says Segalman, “I really appreciate the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award because it emphasizes the multidimensional nature of my work. As academic scientists, we have to wear many hats in balancing research with education.”

More Information

Segalman Research Group website

Segalman Departmental webpage

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