Dartmouth’s Katherine Mirica wins National Teacher-Scholar Honor



IMAGE: Katherine Mirica, a winner of the 2020 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.
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Credit: Photo: Eli Burakian/Dartmouth College

HANOVER, N.H. – May 4, 2020 – Katherine Mirica, an assistant professor of chemistry at Dartmouth, has been awarded the 2020 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.

The prize, awarded annually by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences.

According to the Dreyfus Foundation, Mirica and this year’s 13 other award winners have created an “outstanding independent body of scholarship and are deeply committed to education.”

Mirica researches the molecular designs of multifunctional materials and works with responsive materials that support the unique demands of low-power, portable, affordable, easy-to-use electronic sensing devices. Her lab at Dartmouth creates innovations in materials chemistry that address global challenges in healthcare and environmental stewardship.

“This award recognizes Katherine Mirica as one of the most accomplished teacher-scholar chemists of her generation,” said Dean Wilcox, chair of Dartmouth’s Department of Chemistry. “The Dreyfus Foundation is an important benefactor of academic chemistry, and we were delighted to learn about this honor for one of Dartmouth’s rising stars.”

As part of the award, Mirica receives an unrestricted research grant of $100,000 that can be used over a five-year period.

“I am incredibly honored and grateful to be a recipient of this prestigious award,” said Mirica. “The discretionary nature of the funds will be very useful in supporting new research and pedagogical initiatives within my group and in the classes I teach.”

Mirica also received a Cottrell Scholar Award from Research Corporation for Science Advancement in 2019.


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