Awards and Honors

College of Chemistry awards and honors featured in the news.

The first women chemists at Cal

February 5, 2018

Early Women Chemistry Scientists at Cal The College salutes the pioneer women chemistry faculty at Cal. Both as scientists, and as early faculty members at the University, they helped to pave the way for the next generations of women faculty and students.

National Academy of Sciences honors Raghavendra, Doudna

January 17, 2018

Jennifer DoudnaPrasad Raghavendra, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and Jennifer Doudna, a professor of molecular and cell biology and of chemistry, were honored this week by the National Academy of Sciences for their innovative body of research.

Markita Landry receives New Innovator in Food and Agriculture award

December 6, 2017

Dr. Markita Landry wins New Innovator in Food award Markita Landry, UC Berkeley assistant professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is a recipient of the second annual New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research award for plant efficiency to study GMO-free gene editing.

Cohen one of six UC Berkeley faculty elected AAAS fellows

November 20, 2017

Ron CohenUC Berkeley College of Chemistry professor Ronald Cohen, has been elected to the AAAS, the world-renowned Washington, D.C.-based general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. UC Berkeley professors Mark D'Esposito, Marla Feller, Alison Gopnik, Robert Knight and Paul Renne were also elected.

University of Warwick honours Stephen Leone

July 11, 2016

Stephen LeoneProf. Stephen Leone will receive an honorary degree from the University of Warwick, UK on July 18, 2016.

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Omar Yaghi receives the 2017 Albert Einstein World Award of Science prize

November 8, 2017

Omar YaghiProfessor Omar M. Yaghi, the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair and Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley was presented with the Albert Einstein World Award at a ceremony today in Amsterdam at Leiden University. This prize is sponsored by the World Cultural Council.

Berkeley team wins 2017 National ChemE Jeopardy Championship

November 3, 2017

 Meghna Rajendran, Sanya Sehgal, Rajashree Bhattavharya, Mcgregor Stadmiller, and Richard LinPhoto left to right: Meghna Rajendran, Sanya Sehgal, Rajashree Bhattavharya, Mcgregor Stadmiller, and Richard Lin. Image courtesy of AIChE

The UC Berkeley ChemE squad has won the 2017 National Chemical Engineering Jeopardy Championship at the AIChE Student Conference. This version of the Jeopardy Game utilizes questions from chemical engineering undergraduate coursework to test the knowledge of college teams from across the country.

Bergman wins Welch Award

May 2, 2014
Chemistry Professor Robert Bergman has been named the 2014 recipient of the Welch Award in Chemical Research for “pioneering work in alkane activation and mechanisms of organometallic reactions.”

Doudna awarded Japan Prize for invention of CRISPR gene editing

February 2, 2017

Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer Doudna  receiving 2017 Japan PrizeJennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded the Japan Prize today for their invention of the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9, which has swept into research labs around the world and is already yielding new therapies for cancer and hereditary diseases.

Savage wins NIH Director's New Innovator Award

October 2, 2013

David SavageDavid Savage, assistant professor of chemistry, has won an NIH Director's New Innovator Award.