A newly established fellowship program will give Hofstra University students majoring in chemistry, biochemistry or forensic science the opportunity and financial assistance to spend their summer conducting research under the mentorship of a Hofstra professor. The $250,000 gift from Dr. Bruce Lister and his spouse Doris Lister in 2013 to create this endowed fellowship program was announced by Dr. Bernard J. Firestone, dean of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS).
Students selected as Lister Summer Fellows will be chosen on the basis of academic achievement, research potential and demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in science research.
“Science majors often cite cost and the need to obtain summer employment as a reason they cannot spend more time on research work in their field of study,” said Dr. Lister, who wants to help alleviate that burden for promising young scientists. Selected students will receive a $3,500 stipend and a grant to cover 50% of the on-campus housing costs.
“Having an endowed fellowship for students with a competitive application process will add prestige to the summer research experience, and will be a confirmation of a student’s professional potential,” said Dr. Sabrina Sobel, chair of Hofstra’s Department of Chemistry. “In addition, professors will be able to work with excellent students to further their own research goals. The Lister Summer Fellows program will increase both the quantity and the quality of research scholarship in the Department of Chemistry.”
Applicants must be in their sophomore or junior year and obtain the recommendation of their preferred faculty mentor. Drs. Ling Huang, Scott Lefurgy and Emily Mundorff will be the participating chemistry professors this inaugural year.
Application forms must be submitted no later than February 14, 2014. The fellowship recipients must write a report about their research and participate in a public presentation of their work during the Hofstra University Honors College Poster Session in December 2014. (Click here for application form.)
The Listers are long-time supporters of Hofstra University science and engineering programs. Bruce Lister received a BS and MS degree in chemical engineering from Columbia University. He studied naval electronics at Bowdoin College and M.I.T., followed by postwar studies in food technology at M.I.T. He served as an officer (Lt./jg) in the U.S. Navy during World War II with duty in the U.S. Western Pacific area and Japan.
Employed by General Foods from 1943-62, Dr. Lister held various positions from research laboratory technician to divisional research manager. He was with Nestle Foods Corp. from 1962-89, retiring as vice president of corporate affairs. He had been responsible for product development and for external matters affecting Nestle, including Regulatory and Government Affairs, consumer, community and media contacts, as well as crisis management and product recall situations.
Dr. Lister served as chairman of the Nassau Board of Health for more than 30 years and on the Engineering Council at Columbia University for six years.
At Hofstra, Dr. Lister served as vice chair of the advisory board for the Department of Engineering before it became part of the new School of Engineering and Applied Science. During the construction of Herman A. Berliner Hall – home to the Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy Departments – Dr. Lister worked closely with architects on the building design.
Previously, Bruce and Doris Lister established endowed scholarships in chemistry, forensic science and engineering at Hofstra. In 1998 the University awarded Dr. Lister an honorary degree, and a lecture room has been named in his honor (room 117, Lister Lecture Hall) at Berliner Hall.
photo: Dr. Bruce Lister and Doris Lister