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Department of Chemistry


The Pennsylvania State University and the Department of Chemistry takes great pleasure in celebrating awards which honor excellence in students, staff, and faculty. Explore this page to learn more!

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Priestley Teaching Prize

The Priestley Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in Chemistry is awarded annually to a faculty member in the Chemistry Department for excellence in undergraduate chemistry instruction. 

The Priestley Prize was established in 2002 to recognize the best undergraduate teachers in the Chemistry Department as measured by the increase in learning and enthusiasm for the subject by the students in chemistry courses.