Jesús Velázquez Receives 2022 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
Assistant professor Jesús Velázquez, a material chemist in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, is one of 18 faculty in the U.S. selected as Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2022. These faculty are within the first five years of their academic careers, have each created an outstanding independent body of scholarship and are deeply committed to education. Each Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar receives an unrestricted research grant of $100,000.
Velázquez was recognized for his research on catalyst design for use in renewable energy, and his commitment to diversity and inclusion in chemistry education.
His other early career honors include a National Science Foundation CAREER grant; recognition as a Royal Society of Chemistry emerging investigator; two separate Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement Scialog Fellowship Awards; a Cottrell Scholar; Chemical & Engineering News’ (C&EN) Talented 12; a Stanford R. Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship Award from the American Physical Society; and a faculty scholar in the UC Davis Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS).
Velázquez received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey, his doctorate in chemistry at the University at Buffalo – SUNY, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology before joining the UC Davis Department of Chemistry in 2016.
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