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Schroeder wins Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

Charles Schroeder, assistant professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was one of 13 faculty members from across the country selected for the 2013 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, presented by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

The award program supports and recognizes the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Schroeder was nominated for the award by Huimin Zhao, Centennial Chair professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

“I am truly honored to be recognized as a scholar in the chemical sciences,” Schroeder says.

Working with and mentoring students at the University of Illinois has helped Schroeder to be successful in his teaching and research career. In the past five years, he has mentored 12 undergraduates as research assistants in his lab.

“I firmly believe that first-hand research experience for undergraduates is paramount for their future success in the chemical engineering discipline,” he said. “In my research group, we train undergraduate students to think creatively and independently on open-ended projects, while relying on the fundamental skills and concepts learned in the core curriculum. Several of the undergraduates have appeared as co-authors on peer-reviewed publications from my lab.”

Schroeder, who joined the faculty at Illinois in 2008, says the award will help to fund research in molecular engineering and biomaterials, specifically by developing new routes to synthesize sequence-defined polymers.

Schroeder also was recognized with a 2013 NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award and the 2012 Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award from the Society of Rheology.