Colorado State University - Pueblo chemistry professor named distinguished ACS Fellow

Colorado State University - Pueblo chemistry professor named distinguished ACS Fellow

PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo Chemistry Professor Dr. Sandra Bonetti has been selected as one of 213 scientists named to the 2011 class of American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows.  She is one of only two recipients of the 2011 class representing the State of Colorado.

The ACS Fellows represent a diverse cross-section of the Society, and includes scientists from academe, industry, and government. This year’s ACS Fellows represent prestigious higher education institutions like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale, and Brown as well as working laboratories like Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Wyeth, Alcon, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.  They share in common true distinction in their professional activities coupled with outstanding service to the ACS.    Nominees for Fellows came from Local Sections, Divisions, National Committees, and individual members. The ACS is a professional organization of chemists, chemical engineers, and biochemists that serves more than 160,000 members world-wide. 

Dr. Sandra BonettiAs a member of the 2011 class of ACS Fellows, Bonetti will recognized at a reception to honor the new Fellows, which will be held during the ACS National Fall Meeting in Denver on Monday, August 29, where she will be presented with a distinguished lapel pin and certificate. 

“We are proud of Dr. Bonetti’s accomplishments here at CSU-Pueblo,” said CSU-Pueblo Provost Dr. Peter K. Dorhout, a 26-year member of ACS.  “She has been a tremendous leader in the Colorado Local Section of the ACS and a wonderful teacher and research mentor.”

The ACS Fellows Program was created by the ACS Board of Directors in December 2008 “to recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to Science, the Profession, and the Society.” The list of 2011 Fellows will be published in the August 8, 2011 issues of Chemical & Engineering News. The distinguished Fellows selected in 2009 and 2010 can be found at

Bonetti joined the CSU-Pueblo faculty in 1991. She earned bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Among the awards she has received from the University, include the 1998-99 College of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Faculty Award, the 1994 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly Activity, and the 1992 College of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Faculty Award. She also has served as director of the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) NIH/NIGMS Program on campus (1993-2005), on the ACS’s Project SEED Committee (2006-present) and as an ACS Councilor (2004-present).

 In recent years, she has chaired the curriculum committee for the College of Science and Mathematics, assisted with designs of the new master’s degree in biochemistry and a Puente Project, an intensive chemistry course for community college students, and authored numerous successful grants, including the National Institute of Health.  

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