Campus: CSU, Los Angeles -- March 01, 2001
Cal State L.A. Professor Receives American
Chemical Society Award
Los Angeles, CA -- California State University, Los Angeles chemistry
professor Carlos G. Gutiérrez was recently announced as
a recipient of the 2001 American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging
Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. The
award, sponsored by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., will
be presented to Gutiérrez for his significant contributions to
the educational success of students underrepresented in the sciences.
It also recognizes his dedication as a classroom instructor, faculty advisor,
research supervisor, director of University programs and his active participation
in programs at the national level. The 2001 awards presentation is scheduled
for Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at the 221st ACS national meeting in
San Diego, California.
The American Chemical Society Award recognizes individuals who have significantly
stimulated or fostered the interest of students, especially economically
disadvantaged students, in chemistry, thereby promoting their professional
development as chemists or chemical engineers, and/or increasing their
appreciation of chemistry as the central science.
The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. In addition, a grant of
$10,000 will be made to the University, designated by the recipient, to
strengthen its activities in meeting the objectives of the award. An allowance
of up $1,500 is provided for travel expenses to the meeting at which the
award was presented.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) was founded in 1876 and is a not-for-profit
organization. It is the world's largest scientific society and has a membership
of over 151,000 chemists and chemical engineers. The American Chemical
Society was chartered by a 1937 Act of the U.S. Congress. The Society
is recognized as a world leader in fostering scientific education and
research, and promoting public understanding of science.
A professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Carlos Gutiérrez is currently serving as director of Cal State
L.A.'s NIH (National Institutes of Health) Minority Access to Research
Careers and Minority Biomedical Research Support programs. He is also
the faculty coordinator and mentor for the Beckman Scholars program at
Cal State L.A. In his 20+ years at Cal State L.A., Gutiérrez has
mentored more than 180 students through National Institutes of Health-funded
programs or as a faculty participant in other projects such as the National
Science Foundation-sponsored Research Improvement in Minority Institutions
and Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs.
Gutiérrez, whose Ph.D. is from UC Davis, has served on and chaired
various NIH committees, subcommittees and the NIGMS Council, and is an
advisory committee member of the National Research Council Office of Scientific
and Engineering Personnel. He has published numerous articles, all with
In great part through his effort, the American Chemical Society (ACS)
established the Committee on Minority Affairs in 1993, with Gutiérrez
serving as its first chair. During his tenure as chair, the Society also
established the ACS Minority Scholars Program, a $5 million scholarship
program for undergraduates, and the ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged
Students to Pursue Careers in Chemical Sciences. Gutiérrez helped
to establish the ACS Scholars Program in 1995, and has been active on
its behalf since its inception.
As vice-chair of the National Academy of Science Committee on a National
Scholars Program, under contract to NASA, Gutiérrez has articulated
persuasively the responsibility of all faculty--but especially science
faculty--to seek out talented minority students and encourage their academic
development very early in their undergraduate careers.
In 1996, Gutiérrez was among the first individuals named by the
President of the United States to receive the then-newly-established annual
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Mentoring. The honor was conferred at a White House ceremony. More recently,
he has received The Quality Education for Minorities in Mathematics, Science
and Engineering (QEM/MSE) Network's Year 2000 MSE Giants in Science Award,
and was one of four CSU faculty members selected for the $20,000 systemwide
CSU Wang Family Excellence Award. His campus honors include the University's
Outstanding Professor Award; the Distinguished Scholar Award from the
Cal State L.A. chapter of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi; the
Cal State L.A. Hispanic Support Network Outstanding Educator Award; and
the Cal State L.A. Associated Students, Inc.'s Outstanding Faculty Award.
Gutiérrez is a Pasadena resident.