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Collins' Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry

These scholarships are awarded to senior professional chemistry and biochemistry majors who will be enrolled in an undergraduate research project for two semesters during their senior year.




Ronald and Gerrie Collins


Andrew Bower

Ronith Chakraborty

Marisa Gilliam


Dr. Ronald CollinsRonald W. Collins joined the EMU faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry in 1965. He was promoted to associate professor in 1967 and a full professor in 1971. Professor Collins served as acting head of the chemistry department from 1977 to 1978, and was named head of the department in 1979. A year later, he was promoted to associate vice president for academic affairs and he served as acting vice president from 1982 to 1983. He was named provost and vice president of academic affairs in August 1983.


During his tenure as provost, the University's first doctoral program was approved, the honors program was initiated, the World College was created and the Department of African American Studies was established.  In addition, the basic studies (general education) requirements were revised; a Faculty Center for Instructional Excellence and a Center for Instructional Computing were established; a comprehensive review process was implemented; and the formation of the extended programs area was achieved.


Provost Collins earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Dayton and a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Indiana University. Prior to joining EMU, he was employed for four years as an inorganic research chemist at Wyandotte Chemicals Corporation in Wyandotte, Mich.


Provost Collins was a nationally-recognized scholar and expert in the field of instructional computer usage. In 1977, he received Eastern Michigan University's first Distinguished Faculty Award. He also received the University of Dayton Alumni Association's Special Achievement Award in 1979. In 1980, he was awarded the Chemical Manufacturers Association's Catalyst Award, a national honor presented to only four faculty members each year.


Provost Collins passed away in 2001, two years after his wife of 39 years, Gerrie Collins.  They had two daughters, Debbie and Sharon.  Gerrie was an active supporter of many EMU activities.  Ron, Gerrie, and Debbie were fixtures at many athletic and cultural events.  Sharon has also been a valued member of the EMU community, having received a Master's Degree in Communications from EMU.  She has served as a part-time lecturer and as a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Resource Board, where she has continued the family tradition of generously donating to EMU.








Timothy Petzold

Jesse Smith


Hayley Cawthon

Anna Eitel

Celeste Rousseau


Andrew Durden

Philip Klick

Sohail Rana


Philip D. Ewing

Mordechai Sadowsky

2013 Amanda L. Dewyer
Briana S. Moe
2012 Hector E. Figueroa
Elyssa M. Rautiola
Erika M. Van Goethem
2011 Bryan S. Harmon
William C. Joesten
2010 Edward C. Grimley
Ian M. Pendleton
2009 Michelle A. Alterburg
Melissa L. Cordes
Patrick M. Spoutz
2008 James P. Grinias
Louis A. Lello
Jennifer J. Vogel
2007 Mark A. Lukowski
2006 Benjamin F. Johnson
2005 Amanda M. Schalk
2004 Anthony E. Meade
2003 Paula M. Gutman
2002 Elizabeth J. Blaney
2001 Ryan R. Yaworski
2000 Hrant P. Hratchian
1999 Jason L. Sonnenberg
1998 Thomas D. Horvath
1997 Shelly M. Nixon
1996 Ermelinda M. Harper
1995 Yvonne D. Scaggs
1994 Christa Hughes
1993 Heather Smith
1992 Sherri Stetten

The Department of Chemistry is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold