Roesner to Speak at Honors Convocation
April 1, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan will hold its annual Honors Convocation on Wednesday,
April 9 at 11 a.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall. The 2014 Kemp Award winner,
Associate Professor of Chemistry Rebecca Roesner, will give the keynote address, “The
Art and Science of Living in the Present.” All students, faculty and staff are invited
to attend the ceremony dedicated to the Class of 2014 and to students who have earned
academic and activity honors.
The 2015 winner of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, the University’s
highest teaching honor, will be announced at the Convocation.
Roesner is an inorganic chemist and the Chemistry Department chair at Illinois Wesleyan.
In announcing Roesner’s recognition during the 2013 ceremony, Provost and Dean of
the Faculty Jonathan Green quoted a nominator, “[Roesner’s] dedication and exceptional
commitment to each student, and her mentoring of junior faculty in the department,
create a model for other IWU faculty. She integrates scholarship in teaching of undergraduates,
stimulating excitement for the acquisition of knowledge and motivating students to
utilize their potentials. She is always looking for ways to enhance the college experiences
of our students.”
In addition to her teaching, Roesner is also passionate about her research, which
explores polyoxometalates, the inorganic compounds that form between oxygen and certain
transition metals such as vanadium, molybdenum, and tungsten. She hopes to modify
polyoxometalate in such a way that, if successful, the new compound may lead to the
development of new anti-HIV and anti-cancer pharmaceuticals.
A member of Illinois Wesleyan’s faculty since 1997, Roesner earned a bachelor of arts
degree, summa cum laude, in chemistry and history from Ohio Wesleyan University in
1992. In 1998, she completed a doctorate degree in inorganic chemistry at the University
At Illinois Wesleyan, Roesner serves on the University’s Curriculum Council and Pre-Medical
Advisory Committee and is vice president of the University’s chapter of the American
Association of University Professors. She is also an active member of the American
Chemical Society, Phi Beta Kappa and Iota Sigma Pi, a national honor society for women
Roesner has displayed a clear dedication to helping Illinois Wesleyan students in
their research endeavors, as well as with obtaining fellowships offered by the National
Science Foundation Graduate School and the Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research program.
The chemist’s work has been featured in publications such as the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Journal of Computational Chemistry, Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Molecular Recognition in Chemistry, Journal of Chemical Society, Chemical Communications and many others. She presented her work at the International Symposium on Macrocyclic
Chemistry, the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education as well as several meetings
of the American Chemical Society.
For additional information regarding the Honors Convocation, contact Sherry Wallace,
director for news and media relations at (309) 556-3792.
Contact: Hannah Dhue, ’15, (309) 556-3181, email@example.com