Dr. Challa V. KumarThe Council of the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) has selected Dr. Challa V. Kumar (IMS/CHEM) for its Honorary Fellowship/CRSI Medal 2018. The medal is conferred on Chemists of Indian origin working outside India who have contributed extensively to the promotion of Chemical Research. The Chemical Research Society of India was established in 1999 with a mission to “recognize, promote and foster talent in chemistry and chemical sciences and to improve the quality of chemical education at all levels.”

Dr. Kumar’s research focuses on creating a new field of chemistry, Biological Materials, using standard chemical reactions to modify proteins to create novel and exciting materials. He joins an international list of exceptional researchers from institutions that include the University of Cambridge, Louis Pasteur University, Harvard University, Stanford University, and MIT.

Through his research, Dr. Kumar has brought significant attention to UConn and the Chemistry Department, having been awarded an American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Research Excellence Award in 2015 and a Fulbright Scholarship in 2014. His research is widely and consistently published and he has been granted numerous research funding grants.

As part of the honor, Dr. Kumar has been invited to present his research at the 22nd National Symposium in Chemistry (CRSI-NSC-22) and 12th CRSI-RSC Symposium at the Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University in Raipur, India in February 2018.