BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University Associate Professor of Chemistry Rebecca Roesner has been selected as this year’s recipient of Iota Sigma Pi’s Centennial
Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
The award is given for excellence to a female scientist and educator for her undergraduate
teaching in chemistry, biochemistry or a chemistry-related field. Iota Sigma Pi is
a national honor society for women in chemistry. Roesner will receive the award at
the organization’s triennial convention in June.
“I’m deeply grateful to Iota Sigma Pi for its support and recognition of women chemists
for over 100 years,” said Roesner. “I’m also grateful to be on a campus where teaching
and advising are a top priority.”
An inorganic chemist, Roesner also serves as chair of Illinois Wesleyan’s Department
of Chemistry. She is the 2014 recipient of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching
Excellence, the University’s highest teaching honor. Roesner has involved more than
50 students in her research projects, many of which concern polyoxometalates: catalytic,
inorganic compounds that form between oxygen and certain transition metals such as
vanadium, molybdenum and tungsten. She is also interested in developing multi-week
laboratory projects for the undergraduate curriculum that provide students with authentic,
real-world, problem-solving experience.
Roesner’s work has been published in Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Molecular Recognition inChemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Advances in Inorganic Chemistry and The Chemical Educator. She has presented her work at the International Symposium on Macrocyclic Chemistry,
the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education and numerous meetings of the American
She is a longtime and active member of Iota Sigma Pi, and a member of the American
Chemical Society and Phi Beta Kappa. Roesner joined the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan
in 1997 and has served multiple times on the University’s Curriculum Council. She
also serves as a First-Year Advisor and member of the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee.