F. Albert Cotton, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and holder of the W.T. Doherty-Welch Foundation Chair in Chemistry at Texas A&M University, has been recognized by Sigma Xi with the 2005 Monie A. Ferst Award.

Cotton, who serves as director of the Laboratory for Molecular Structure and Bonding, was presented with the award during an October 22 symposium on the Texas A&M campus in recognition of his notable contributions to the motivation and encouragement of research through education.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences and recipient of the National Medal of Science, Cotton has been a household name among chemists for nearly 50 years. During the course of his career, Cotton has guided 111 young men and women to doctoral degrees and, in the case of nearly half of those, careers in academia. Cotton has also been a dedicated mentor to post-doctoral fellows, 64 of whom hold academic positions in the U.S. and 16 in other countries.

Cotton's second major contribution to chemistry education has been as the author of textbooks at every level from high school to post-graduate study. A recent citation from Ohio State University reads in part: "Through his highly regarded textbooks and his skill as a mentor, he has shared his knowledge with the world's scientific community and with his many students. As both dedicated scholar and innovative teacher, he is without peer."

Administered by the Georgia Institute of Technology chapter of Sigma Xi, the Monie A. Ferst Award consists of a medal and $5,000 and is made annually to a scientist who has inspired his or her colleagues to significant scientific achievements. It is usually presented during a daylong symposium focusing on the achievements of the winner's former doctoral students.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@tamu.edu
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