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Dungey named University Scholar for 2005

October 10, 2005

Keenan Dungey accepts the award as University Scholar. He is among 13 U of I faculty selected for 2005-2006.

SPRINGFIELD – Keenan Dungey, assistant professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been named University Scholar for 2005-2006. He is one of 13 faculty members, and the only one from UIS, chosen for this award honoring and rewarding outstanding teachers and scholars at the three U of I campuses.

University Scholars receive $10,000 a year for three years to support research and other scholarly activities.

Dungey’s teaching and research interests focus on solid state chemistry for materials applications. Materials nominating him for the award noted that he “is a devoted teacher-scholar who integrates undergraduate research in his teaching and promotes research opportunities for students in the Springfield area.” Since joining the UIS faculty in the 2000 fall semester, Dungey has received the Cottrell College Science Award presented by the Research Corporation as well as a major grant from the National Science Foundation. The Cottrell award recognizes scientific originality, significance, feasibility, sustainability, and involvement of undergraduate students in the project.  The NSF grant funded the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for undergraduate chemistry courses.

Dungey’s other activities include designing and teaching a UIS course exploring the complex relationship and tension between science and religion, helping organize a symposium on Nanotechnology in Chemical Education at the 2004 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, publishing several articles in professional journals, and making numerous presentations at national conferences. He serves as a mentor for local high school students on science fair projects and is the faculty adviser for the Christian Student Fellowship at UIS.

Dungey earned the Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1997. He also earned the B.S. in chemistry magna cum laude at Wheaton College in 1993 and was a Dreyfus Post-doctoral Fellow at Furman University from 1998 to 2000.

The University Scholars program was inaugurated in 1985 when the U of I Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary. The program’s purpose, then and now, is to strengthen the University in meeting today’s challenges and tomorrow’s promise. Faculty do not apply for this award; they are nominated by their peers. A committee of senior faculty makes the final selection.


    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.