Kim Renee Dunbar Received Inaugural Eminent Scholar Award from Texas A&M University

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From Texas A&M University, Professor of Chemistry Kim Renee Dunbar has overseen a team of researchers whose combined work has had a tremendous impact on the international scientific community. Recognizing Dunbar for her singular achievements, the university bestowed her with the first-ever Eminent Scholar Award. 


Kim Renee Dunbar has been recognized as a leader in the field of inorganic industry for decades, and she is regularly recognized for her outstanding contributions to science. As Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University, she inspires future scientists in the classroom and in research groups where she and her team make revolutionary discoveries.


Because of her impact on the university and the broader scientific community, Kim Renee has received a number of accolades and titles in a career spanning decades. She’s a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and has received the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in the past. She’s received the Association of Former Students

Distinguished Achievement Award twice and was also given the inaugural Eminent Scholar Award from Texas A&M University. 


The Eminent Scholar Award honors the extraordinary achievements of female university faculty members like Dunbar who positively impact their professional fields as well as their local communities. The mission of Texas A&M University is to uphold the discovery, development, communication, and application of knowledge in a range of academic and professional fields, and the Scholar Award recognizes those who have exemplified these characteristics to the fullest. Eligible candidates of the Eminent Scholar Award must first serve as a tenured full professor for at least two years with the University and be recognized as an exemplary role model to both students and faculty within and out of their department. 


Kim Renee Dunbar received the first-ever Eminent Scholar Award in 2011, which recognized her original and landmark research especially in the field of inorganic chemistry. It is a partnership between Texas A&M University and the Aggie Women Network aimed to identify the women who best exemplify the university’s mission. Together, they work to ensure that female faculty members are appreciated for their positive influence on the educational experience of students and peers, and for their individual contributions to their respected fields. 


In the past, Kim Renee Dunbar has shed light on topics like synthetic, structural, and physical inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, which catapulted her and her research team to international recognition. She’s taught at Texas A&M University since 1999 and achieved the status of the first woman in the College of Science to receive a named Chair. Today, she holds the Davison Chair and is honored with the title of University Distinguished Professor. Her work in chemistry and her efforts to uphold the university’s core mission made Kim Renee Dunbar the perfect candidate for the first Eminent Scholar Award.