Dr. Jeffrey D. Evanseck, a chemistry professor in Duquesne University’s Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, was recognized with the Presidential Excellence Award in Service to the Mission.
Evanseck serves as Lauritis Chair of Teaching and Technology and was named one of two 2010-11 Teachers of the Year by Duquesne’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa.
His computational and theoretical biophysical and physical organic chemistry research program is based on expertise involving molecular dynamics simulations, quantum mechanical methodologies and algorithm development.
Selected by Bayer School colleagues for the award, Evanseck not only provides service to students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, but has stepped into the role as mentor to the American Chemical Society Student Members, encouraging their aggressive agenda to promote science education in the community through participation in such events as National Chemistry Week and SciTech events at the Carnegie Science Center.
Evanseck also initiated a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at Duquesne and is now in the eighth year of receiving these competitive grants. He has established partnerships that enable significant numbers of underserved and minority students to benefit from rich research experiences at Duquesne, which have led to many of these students pursuing advanced graduate studies. He is also involved in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, which sponsors activities for students in grades 7-12.
In his service to the University, Evanseck has served as chair of the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Committee and co-chair of the Educational Technology Committee as well as chair of the Center for Computational Sciences and its interdisciplinary initiatives.