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Assistant Professor Christopher Douglas receives Cottrell Scholar honor

The Research Corporation for Science Development has honored Assistant Professor Christopher Douglas as a Cottrell Scholar. Douglas was honored for his proposal, Catalytic Methods in Functionalizing Single Bonds to Carbon.

The award honors third-year physical science professors who excel in both teaching and research. It is among the most prestigious fellowships for beginning faculty members in the sciences. The honor includes an award of $75,000 that Douglas can use for further research and teaching.

Douglas has been an assistant professor with the Department of Chemistry since 2007, teaching organic chemistry. His research focuses on the development of new synthetic methods, including the construction of organic molecules, and finding solutions to synthesis problems.

Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Douglas was a National Institute of Health National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology for two years. He earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of California at Irvine, and his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

Public recognition of this year's Cottrell Scholars will be announced in the Science journal later this year.

The last time a University of Minnesota professor received a Cottrell Scholar award was 1997.