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Kuwana & Sawyer Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry Fund


Chemistry D01054


Undergraduate Student Support

History and Purpose:

Theodore (Ted) Kuwana received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Antioch College in 1954, an M.S. in Chemistry from Cornell University in 1956 and his Ph.D. in 1959 from the University of Kansas under the direction of Professor Ralph N. Adams. Following a postdoctoral with Professor Fred C. Anson at California Institute of Technology, he joined the faculty at the University of California, Riverside as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 1960. He moved to Case Western Reserve University in 1965 as an Associate Professor and was promoted to Professor in 1968. In 1971, Professor Kuwana moved to Ohio State University as Professor and he returned to the University of Kansas as Regents Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemistry and as the Director of the Center for Bioanalytical Research in 1986. Professor Kuwana has been the recipient of numerous awards for his extensive achievements in developing the fields of spectroelectrochemistry, bioelectroanalytical chemistry, and chemically modified electrodes. He has published over 150 research papers, received two patents, and edited a three volume set, "Physical Methods in Chemical Analysis." Retired since 2002, Professor Kuwana continues to be involved in research as Emeritus Distinguished Professor with the Department of Chemistry at Kansas University and Managing Director of the Analytical Sciences Library.

Donald T. Sawyer received his B.S. degree in 1953 and his Ph.D. in 1956, both in Chemistry from UCLA. He joined the faculty of the newly-established University of California, Riverside in 1956 as an Instructor in Chemistry. He rapidly rose through the ranks, serving as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Dean of the College of Physical Sciences. In 1985, he moved to Texas A&M University as Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Head of the Chemistry Department. He retired from Texas A&M in 1996 and is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at both Texas A&M University and UC Riverside. Professor Sawyer has had a distinguished career as a teacher and researcher. He is the author of 311 research publications and co-author of ten books. He has mentored some 45 Ph.D. candidates and 38 postdoctoral associates. In recognition of his accomplishments, he has received numerous awards, including election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the recipient of the Richard C. Tolman Medal from the Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society. Additionally, he was selected as Faculty Research Lecturer for UC Riverside, the Henry Werner Lecturer at the University of Kansas, and the Distinguished Lecturer at the 12th National Meeting of the Chilean Chemical Society.

Selection and Guidelines:

This Fund shall be used to provide a competitive award, to be called the "Kuwana & Sawyer Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry," open to any UCR undergraduate student conducting research or studies in analytical chemistry, with preference to those pursuing the field of electrochemistry.

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