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Kim Renee Dunbar

Texas A&M University Honors Kim Renee Dunbar with Eminent Scholar Award

Kim Renee Dunbar has been recognized as a leader in the field of organic industry for decades, and she is regularly invited to guest lecture during major scientific gatherings and has been awarded a range of prestigious titles. Texas A&M University, where Dunbar is a professor, awarded her the first-ever Eminent Scholar Award. 


As Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University, Kim Renee Dunbar serves as a worthy role model to students, faculty, and scientists everywhere. For her work in inorganic chemistry, Dunbar has been honored with a variety of titles and awards, and she is recognized as a standout contributor in the field of inorganic chemistry. 


She’s a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) as well as a recipient of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. Besides receiving the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award twice to date, Kim Renee Dunbar has also received the first Eminent Scholar Award from Texas A&M University, which showcases the extraordinary achievements of female university faculty members.


In order to be eligible, candidates for the Eminent Scholar Award must meet certain criteria such as serving as a tenured full professor for at least two years with Texas A&M University and proving to be an exemplary role model to both students and faculty in and out of their department. The award aligns with the university’s core mission to uphold the discovery, development, communication, and application of knowledge in a range of academic and professional fields. 


Kim Renee Dunbar received Texas A&M’s inaugural Eminent Scholar Award in 2011, which was awarded for her original research in the field of inorganic chemistry. The Award is a partnership between Texas A&M University and the Aggie Women Network with aligned goals to identify the women that represent a vital part of the mission of the university.


Together, the Aggie Women Network and Texas A&M University work to ensure the female faculty members that exemplify outstanding characteristics are recognized for their positive influence on the educational experience of female students. Through the Eminent Scholar Award, both parties can honor women who have demonstrated a clear record of excellence in teaching, mentoring, and service, especially to female students at Texas A&M.


Kim Renee Dunbar has developed an international reputation for excellence after shedding light on topics like synthetic, structural and physical inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry. She was recruited to Texas A&M University in 1999 as a full professor and in 2004 became the first woman in the College of Science to receive a named Chair. In addition, Dunbar holds the Davison Chair and is a University Distinguished Professor. She has lectured around the world and is known for her support and mentoring of minority students and young women, making her the ideal candidate for the Eminent Scholar Award. 

Kim Renee Dunbar - Wins Distinguished Service Award from ACS

Kim Renee Dunbar Wins Distinguished Service Award from ACS

Chemist and professor at Texas A&M University Kim Renee Dunbar has contributed landmark research in inorganic chemistry for decades to the international scientific community. To honor her achievements in the advancement of inorganic chemistry, Dunbar received the prestigious ACS Distinguished Service award. 

Since earning her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Purdue University in 1984, Kim Renee Dunbar has been an international leader in the field as well as a role model to her peers and students. Over the years, she’s earned a number of awards and accolades for her work including being the first female holder of the Davidson Chair in Science. She’s taught at and conducted research from Texas A&M University for decades and has earned the institution’s highest academic faculty rank, the Distinguished Professor of Chemistry title. 

To date, Kim Renee Dunbar has won an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, a Camille & Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and fellowships in both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemists. In addition, she’s a two-time recipient of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award (winning in 2006 and again in 2012) and earned the first Texas A&M Women Former Students’ Network Eminent Scholar Award. 

“She stands as an exemplary role model for young women who aspire to academic positions in chemistry,” says Jeffrey R. Long of the University of California, Berkeley, who is a longtime colleague.

The purpose of the ACS award is to recognize those who have advanced inorganic chemistry through significant service in addition to providing outstanding research to the scientific community. Recipients of the award are given $5,000 and a certificate declaring their achievement, as well as up to $1,000 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented.

To be eligible for the ACS award, nominees like Kim Renee Dunbar must have demonstrated extensive contributions to the advancement of inorganic chemistry. Applicable contributions include teaching, writing, research, and the administration of chemistry. The nominee must also be an ACS member before becoming eligible for the award. 

The ACS award was established in 1963, and it was first supported through funds provided by anonymous donors for the first two years. After, Mallinckrodt, Inc. supported the award from 1965 to 1997, and Strem Chemicals, Inc. assumed sponsorship of the award in 1998.  

“I have been passionate about inorganic chemistry since I was an undergraduate, and I could not imagine another career,” says Kim Renee Dunbar. “I deeply admire the previous recipients of the award, all of whom set the bar very high for all of us in inorganic chemistry and inspired me greatly. I am highly honored to receive this award, and the many excellent students, postdocs, and coworkers who have contributed to the success of my research program share it with me.”