Furman Chemistry Professor George C. Shields has been selected as a member of the 2020 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society. The ACS Fellows Program, created in 2008, is one component of the broader ACS Awards Program. It recognizes members of the American Chemical Society for outstanding contributions to the science and the profession and for their equally exemplary service to the American Chemical Society. The American Chemical Society named 53 members as ACS Fellows in 2020.
Last November, Shields was elected as a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In February, he was named a 2020 Council on Undergraduate Research Fellow, an honor that recognizes his leadership and service as a role model in undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities. He has received more than $5.9 million in grant funding for his research and several honors for his teaching and research. Shields has worked with more than 120 undergraduate students on research projects over his career, and 90% of his alumni have entered graduate or professional school.
In 2000, Shields founded the Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate Computational Chemistry, which has provided opportunities for more than 1,000 students and 38 faculty members, with substantial participation from underserved populations, to work on computational chemistry research projects and share findings at conferences and in published work.
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