Appointment of a new executive director is expected to be announced early this year by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation of New York, and one of the programs the new director will review and probably tinker with is the grant program in chemistry for liberal arts colleges. This program provides $45,000 for each of 10 schools to pair a recent Ph.D. in chemistry as a teaching fellow with an established chemistry professor as mentor. The foundation staff is considering proposing some improvements for the program - namely, a more specific application form and multiyear awards instead of the current one-year term.

Meanwhile, until such changes come to pass, institutions applying to the program are advised to pay special attention to documenting their track records, says the Dreyfus staff. In particular, applicants should quantify their ability to encourage students to continue their education in chemistry.

(Wendy van Tassell, Camille and...

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