The Rowland Endowed Chair and Fellowship Fund is a longstanding Department of Chemistry initiative which aligns Professor Rowland’s efforts to create a fellowship for students, with his friends and colleagues desire to honor his legacy.
The Rowland group’s ground-breaking work found that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) released into the atmosphere were depleting the earth’s vital ozone layer and brought worldwide attention to the impact of human-contributed pollution on a planetary scale. This work was among the first to directly effect a global shift in policy, preceding the current debate on climate change. Professor Rowland was at the forefront of a movement that reshaped the academy’s approach to scientific research and teaching. According to the Nobel award committee, Rowland's work may have “saved the world from catastrophe.”
“The research that led Sherry Rowland to become a public figure began with curiosity.” Indeed, as Professor F. Sherwood “Sherry” Rowland himself stated in his Nobel biography, “I have deliberately followed a policy of trying to instill some freshness into our research efforts by every few years extending our work into some new, challenging aspect of chemistry.” It is this curiosity and commitment to new scientific frontiers that inspired Professor Rowland to create a graduate student fellowship and has inspired others to contribute to the F. Sherwood Rowland Endowment Fund. Click here or the button below to be a part of this enduring legacy.
The Department of Chemistry is embarking on an initiative in 2020-21 to get the F. Sherwood Rowland Endowment Fund to the million-dollar mark! This goal will enable us to award a three quarter fellowships beginning with the 2021-22 academic year. We need $140,000 to get there, fortunately one of our generous faculty members has committed to matching our efforts. If the department can raise $70,000 by next May we will realize this goal! Please spread the word and donate anything you can here.