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Amanda Grannas, PhD, Recognized as One of Seven 2013 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Faculty Recipients Nationwide

Professor of Chemistry in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences acknowledged for accomplishments in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching

Amanda Grannas, PhD

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has selected Villanova University Chemistry professor Amanda Grannas, PhD as a 2013 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar.  Dr. Grannas, a member of the faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is one of just seven faculty members nationwide to receive the award. 

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions.  The award recognizes accomplishments in scholarly research with undergraduates as well as a compelling commitment to teaching.

“Amanda is a world class research scientist who dedicates extraordinary efforts towards the teaching and training of undergraduate students,” said Barry Selinsky, PhD, associate dean for research and faculty development in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  “She is the perfect model of the teacher-scholar.”

Since joining the Villanova faculty in 2005, Dr. Grannas has established a thriving research group focused on environmental and atmospheric chemistry and has mentored nearly 40 research students in her lab.  She has a diverse range of expertise, and her recent projects include the study of snow and ice photochemistry, the fate of organic pollutants in the Arctic, and the development of advanced analytical techniques used to study ice cores.  A prominent and internationally known authority on snow chemistry, Dr. Grannas has participated in a number of field campaigns in both the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic – assisted in her fieldwork by numerous Villanova students.

Dr. Grannas’ previous honors include being awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation.  The Dreyfus award includes a $60,000 unrestricted research grant, which Dr. Grannas plans to use to support her research.

“This award is particularly significant to me because it recognizes success in both teaching and scholarship,” Dr. Grannas said.  “One of Villanova’s strengths is its commitment to collaborative research and learning opportunities with undergraduate students.  My research students have been true partners in the lab and the field, and it is because of their hard work that my research program is as vibrant as it is. 

Added Dr. Grannas, “It is important to me to be at an institution that values both teaching and research, and I am happy that Villanova and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences continue to provide an environment that promotes the true teacher-scholar model.”

Established in 1946, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation seeks to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances.