Inorganic Chemist Kim Renee Dunbar’s Impressive Awards of the Last Several Decades
Kim Renee Dunbar is a prolific inorganic chemist who has received countless honors and awards throughout her career. Kim Renee Dunbar currently teaches at Texas A&M University and is a University Distinguished Professor and holds The Davidson Chair of Science in the Chemistry Department.
In addition to the honors she has received, Kim Renee Dunbar has authored more than 430 publications. Here are some of the awards she has received throughout her career.
Fred Basolo Medal For Outstanding Research in Inorganic Chemistry
Kim Renee Dunbar received the prestigious Fred Basolo Medal For Outstanding Research in Inorganic Chemistry, which will be presented at a ceremony on October 2019. The Fred Basolo Medal is named for a professor at Northwestern University, who made the university’s inorganic chemistry department one of the very best in the United States.
“I knew Fred Basolo quite well,” said Kim Renee Dunbar upon learning she would be given this prestigious award. “He took an interest in me when I was a young professor. He and I had many long talks, and he regaled me with stories about the history of coordination chemistry. He was a wonderful role model and an inspiration to me.”
The Distinguished Service Award for the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry
Kim Renee Dunbar received the Distinguished Service Award for the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry in 2015, when it was presented to her in Boulder, Colorado. She is only the second woman to receive this honor. This award is given for her significant contributions to inorganic chemistry through research and service. It is a huge honor and distinction to be recognized with this award, and it was even more meaningful to be one of only two women to ever receive it, Kim Renee Dunbar said.
She hopes to pave the way for future women in STEM fields to realize their potential and succeed following her inspiring example. Kim Renee Dunbar also encourages young people in the field through her research group, The Dunbar Research Group, at Texas A&M University, which conducts a wide variety of research from molecular magnetism to anti-cancer compounds to multifunctional materials with organic radicals.
Honorary Degree From Westminster College
With too many awards to name, another honor granted to Kim Renee Dunbar is an honorary degree that was bestowed upon her in 2012. This honorary doctor of science was given to her in from Westminster College, an outstanding liberal arts college in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Kim Renee Dunbar attended Westminster College for her bachelor’s degree in chemistry which she obtained in 1980. Kim Renee Dunbar delivered the commencement address to the May 2012 graduating seniors and their families at a ceremony held on the lawn of the campus in New Wilmington.
“I sincerely believe that my education at Westminster College provided me with the necessary tools that I desperately needed to decide, first, what I wanted to learn, and, second, what I wanted to do with my knowledge,” Kim Renee Dunbar said of the education she received at her alma mater.