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The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at Cornell is recognized as one of the oldest and most esteemed Chemistry Departments in the nation. Our faculty have won four Nobel Prizes and two MacArthur Genius Awards over the history of the Department. Chemistry & Chemical Biology founded the Journal of Physical Chemistry (J. Phys. Chem.) and has consistently been ranked a Top 10 Graduate Program by U.S. News & World Report.

Alumni Spotlight: Marilyn Jacox, Ph.D. ’56

When Marilyn Jacox, Ph.D. ’56, applied for tenure-track positions at 75 universities in the late 1950s, she could only get interest from women’s schools. Jacox, who died in 2013, became an ardent supporter of young female scientists. And she followed through on that passion by making a $1.5 million gift from her estate to the College of Arts and Sciences that funds scholarships for female undergrads studying science and math.

Click here to read the full story about the Jacox scholarship, which has benefitted the current generation of female chemistry students, like Sophia Lai '17.