Robert Gilliard smiles in an outdoor setting.

Robert J. Gilliard receives Inaugural Robert Holland Jr. Award from Research Corporation for Science Advancement

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The Holland Award is given in recognition of research excellence and contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Robert J. Gilliard, the Novartis Professor of Chemistry, is one of six senior scientists with impressive records of scholarship, leadership, and impact chosen to receive Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RSCA)’s inaugural Robert Holland Jr. Award for Research Excellence and Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The awards, which honor the late Robert Holland Jr., an engineer and corporate executive who served on RCSA’s Board of Directors, welcome recipients as full members of the Cottrell Scholar community and come with a $5,000 cash prize. Holland Award recipients will attend annual Cottrell Scholar conferences and be eligible to participate in Cottrell Scholar Collaborative projects to improve STEM education and scientific careers.

“Bob Holland spent much of his life working for greater opportunity and diversity in STEM education, and the achievements of these awardees truly honor his legacy,” said RCSA President & CEO Daniel Linzer. “As scientists, mentors, and leaders, they bring important new voices and perspectives into the Cottrell Scholar community.”

The Gilliard Lab is engaged in energy-relevant chemical synthesis at the interface of inorganic and organic chemistry that impacts the discovery of new chemical reagents and the design of redox-active and/or luminescent molecular materials.