Michigan State University’s Angela K. Wilson Wins Major Award for Women in Chemistry

Angela K. Wilson, the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Michigan State University, is the recipient of the 2023 National Honorary Member Award from Iota Sigma Pi, a national honor society for women in chemistry. The award is the organization’s highest honor, bestowed triennially on an outstanding woman chemist for exceptional and significant achievement in chemistry.

Dr. Wilson also serves as associate dean for strategic initiatives in the College of Natural Science. She is the current president of the American Chemical Society. Her wide-ranging research includes the development and understanding of computational methodologies and studies in transition metals and heavy element chemistry, catalysis, protein modeling, drug design/understanding of disease, and environmental/green chemistry.

“I am humbled to win this award,” Professor Wilson said. “Prior awardees include four Nobel Laureates, with the first award given to Nobel Laureate Marie Curie, and the most recent given to Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold, so I am particularly honored.”

Dr. Wilson joined the faculty at Michigan State University in 2016 after teaching at the University of North Texas for 16 years. She is a graduate of Eastern Washington University, where she majored in chemistry. She holds a Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Minnesota.

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