January 8, 2013
Grant receives ACS award for advancing diversity
Dr. Christine Grant, associate dean of faculty development and special initiatives and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, has received the 2012 Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences from the American Chemical Society (ACS). Grant was honored with the award by the organization’s southeastern region.
The award, sponsored by the ACS Committee on Minority Affairs, acknowledges individuals who have improved diversity in the chemical sciences and fostered and promoted a spirit of inclusiveness within their regions. Nominees must have created and fostered ongoing programs or activities that result in increased numbers of persons from diverse and underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, or women who participate in the chemical enterprise.
Recipients receive a medal of recognition and a $1,000 grant to support further diversity advancement in the field of chemical sciences. Grant was recognized with the award at the ACS Southeastern Regional Meeting held in November at the Raleigh Convention Center.
In her work as associate dean, Grant develops programs and new initiatives to empower faculty at all ranks in the major realms of faculty life, such as research, teaching, on-campus professional development seminars and outreach, and faculty trips to funding agencies that foster faculty success and boost collaboration. She is widely recognized as a leader in mentoring and has received numerous top honors, including a National Science Foundation Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring and a National Technical Association Top Women in Science and Engineering Award.
She is also the founder and director of the Promoting Underrepresented Presence On Science and Engineering Faculties (PURPOSE) Institute at NC State, an organization dedicated to increasing the number and success of engineering faculty members from underrepresented groups.
Grant received her BS in chemical engineering from Brown University in 1984 and her MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986 and 1989, respectively. She joined the NC State faculty in 1989.