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George C. Pimentel
1922 - 1989


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George C. Pimentel Award
College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

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In 2002, the College of Chemistry established the George C. Pimentel Award, to encourage undergraduate research. It is given to a graduating senior in chemistry who is a first-generation college student and who plans to go on to graduate study in science-related fields. It was started modestly with discretionary funds from the Dean of the College of Chemistry, and will grow as donations increase the endowment.

The first award was given at Commencement, 2002, to Victor Tam, a student from a small town in California's Central Valley - as George was. He is now at UC San Diego. 

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Victor Tam with his parents, Patricia and Tom Tam, and Professor Matt Francis

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Victor Tam with his parents, Patricia and Tom Tam, and Professor Matt Francis

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Victor Tam with his parents, Patricia and Tom Tam, and Professor Matt Francis

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The 2003 award went to Cesar Napoleon Mejia. His family is originally from Nicaragua; he graduated from Bell High School in Southern California, where he was valedictorian. His research has been on excited states of bromine-containing molecules of atmospheric significance. Professor Martin Head-Gordon was his advisor. After graduation he was accepted as an intern at NASA-Ames.



Cesar Mejia  

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The 2004 recipient of the award is Irena Dragojevic.  An immigrant from Serbia, she had to master English before being accepted at UC Berkeley, where she has done undergraduate research with Professors Herb Strauss, Luciano Moretto, and Heino Nitsche.  She will pursue graduate work at UCLA in nuclear chemistry.



Irena Dragojevic

Copyright 2003, 2004 Jeanne Pimentel


Welcome | Commencement Address | Selected Biographical Summaries
Awards Named for George C. Pimentel | Students and Research Collaborators
Continuing Influence: Mars Research  | Matrix Isolation
Pimentel Archive at UC Berkeley
  Site Map | Contact Us