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Professor John C. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry


Dr. John Gilbert
Dr. John Gilbert

The Professor John C. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System in 2007, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Brent K. Blackburn, Ph.D. of Los Altos, California, a 1986 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences. The endowment honors John (Jack) C. Gilbert, Ph.D. of San Jose, California.

John began his journey in higher education in 1965 when he joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin. He’s spent nearly five decades in academia with most of his time at the University of Texas at Austin. During his time on the Forty Acres, he rose through the academic ranks, leaving as a Full Professor. He chaired the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; served as the Chair of the Department of Human Ecology (now School of Human Ecology); and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Natural Sciences.

What his colleagues had to say about him:

“Jack has been an invaluable colleague and a great teacher and mentor during his 40 years of service to the College."

– Mary Ann Rankin, former Dean, College of Natural Sciences

"He has done a tremendous job as a scholar and educator. He always has the best interests of students, faculty and the department in mind. He is always forward thinking, trying to think out of the box, in terms of what might be improved and how those goals might be achieved.”

– Stephen Martin, former Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry

In addition to his work, he won the College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council Teaching Award in 2003 and delivered the commencement address to the College in 2005. He also promoted a number of important causes, one of which was to promote women in chemistry and biochemistry, as well as in the College and university.

In 2007 he and his spouse moved to California where they were both professors at Santa Clara University prior to their retirement. Jack is also a member of the College of Natural Sciences’ Advisory Council.

Funds distributed will be used to provide scholarship support to undergraduate students of high academic achievement enrolled full time in the Department of Chemistry.

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