Furman University chemistry professor George C. Shields was recently selected as a member of the 2020 class of the American Chemical Society Fellows. He is one of 53 nationwide fellows chosen for the 2020 group.
Created in 2008, the ACS Fellows program chooses ACS members who have contributed to science and their professions.
“It is an honor to be named an ACS fellow and a greater honor to be working with incredible colleagues at Furman,” said Shields. “My life’s work is dedicated to academic excellence and helping students, faculty and institutions reach their potential. I am thrilled that my work with students and colleagues to increase representation in STEM fields among women and persons of color has been recognized by the ACS.”
Prior to coming to Furman, Shields founded the Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate Computational Chemistry, which has provided opportunities for more than 1,000 students and 38 faculty members to work on computational chemistry research projects and share findings at conferences and in published work.
In addition, he has received more than $5.9 million in grant funding for his research and several honors for his teaching and research, including four Fulbright, nine Goldwater and seven graduate fellowships. Shields has worked with more than 120 undergraduate students on research projects throughout his career, and 90% of his alumni have entered graduate or professional school.
He was also elected as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science in November 2019. In February 2020, he was named a 2020 Council on Undergraduate Research fellow for his leadership and service as a role model in undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities.
Shields is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
To view the full list of 2020 ACS Fellows, click here.