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Carol Parish

Carol Parish
Professor of Chemistry  

University of Richmond

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Carol Parish

Carol Parish is a professor of chemistry at the University of Richmond where she joined the faculty in 2005. She is a theoretical and computational chemist who teaches at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum and mentors a large number of undergraduates in outcome-oriented research. She is committed to making science accessible to all students and has developed interdisciplinary, inquiry-based courses as part of the Integrated and Inclusive Science program at the University of Richmond, where she serves as the program coordinator.

Parish’s research program investigates the fundamental molecular nature of a wide range of physical phenomena ranging from the accurate characterization of diradical excited states to the dynamics of motor proteins. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and the Jeffress Memorial Trust. In the last 15 years, she has produced 34 research publications, many coauthored with her undergraduate students.

Parish has been the recipient of national awards including a Fulbright Fellowship, the Stanley Israel ACS Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences and the American Chemical Society Committee on Minority Affairs Zaida C. Morales-Martinez Prize for Outstanding Mentoring of ACS Scholars. She also has received the Council on Undergraduate Research Goldwater Mentor award and the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award and has been named an American Chemical Society Fellow. At the University of Richmond, she has received the Distinguished Educator Award and the Outstanding Mentor award. She is a past recipient of the Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Chair in Chemistry.  

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