Dr. Scott Simpson, professor of chemistry at SBU, has received the prestigious Henry Dreyfus Educator-Scholar Award

Dr. Scott Simpson, professor of chemistry at SBU, has received the prestigious Henry Dreyfus Educator-Scholar Award

08 November 2023

Chemistry Professor Scott Simpson_WebbDr. Scott M. Simpson, professor of chemistry at St. Bonaventure University, is one of eight chemistry professors from colleges and universities across the country to receive the 2023 Henry Dreyfus Educator-Scholar Award.

The award from the Camille and Henri Dreyfus Foundation supports the research and teaching careers of talented early-career faculty in the chemical sciences at primarily university institutions. It honors independent faculty who have demonstrated leadership in original scholarly research of outstanding quality, conducted largely with undergraduates, and innovation in and dedication to undergraduate education.

The award provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

“I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious national recognition, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work at SBU, which fosters an environment conducive to interconnected mentorship for my student researchers,” Simpson said.

The $75,000 grant will support the Simpson Research Group’s ongoing efforts to use computational chemistry to solve major environmental problems. The group was honored for its research in developing methods to safely store hydrogen for use as an alternative to fossil fuels, and for its work identifying perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. These man-made chemicals, which can cause cancer and other health problems, have been detected in food, soil and drinking water, and can be found in almost every living organism.

“The scholarship will contribute significantly to supporting my dedicated research team, allowing me to provide fair compensation to my students and further enrich the invaluable individual mentorship experience inherent in pursuing scientific research at SBU,” Simpson said.

Simpson was nominated for the award by Dr. David Helme, an associate professor of chemistry at St. Bonaventure University who was appointed the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs in August.

“The Simpson Prize and the Camille and Henri Dreyfus Foundation Fellowship are well-deserved, and I can think of no one who better represents this combination of excellence in research and teaching,” said Dr. Helmy.

“Scott’s research not only advances the field and provides potentially transformative possibilities for society, but it also excites our students in the process. He prioritizes the undergraduate experience and takes great pride in giving students hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment. We are honored to have him on our faculty, and we congratulate him On his amazing success.

This is one of several grants Simpson has received in recognition and support of his research, Helme said, most notably a $544,892 National Science Foundation CAREER grant for his group’s research into hydrogen storage. He has received another grant from the National Science Foundation, a grant from the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society, and several internal university fellowships.

Simpson said the award represents an additional incentive for his team to continue its research.

“The educational research conducted by the dedicated members of the Simpson Research Group has consistently yielded evidence-based materials sourced from SBU but with far-reaching impact around the world,” he said. “We acknowledge with deep gratitude the philanthropic efforts of the Camille and Henri Dreyfus Foundation, which will enable more talented students at SBU to make a global difference in tackling critical issues such as pollution and energy storage.”


About the university: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring them with a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. Among 167 regional universities in the North, St. Bonaventure University is ranked No. 6 for value and No. 14 for innovation by US News and World Report (2024).

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