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Rebecca I. Raulins* -- 2000 -- Outstanding Former Faculty
Rebecca Raulins was a true pioneer on the academic landscape. At a time when there were few women on the chemistry faculties of major universities, she guided and inspired her students toward excellence. Raulins came to UW as an instructor in 1948 after receiving B.A. and M.S. degrees from Tulane University. She earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at UW and rose to the rank of full professor in 1962. At UW, she was known as a tireless researcher and a staunch advocate of involving undergraduates in research. Much of the success the department enjoys today can be attributed to Dr. Raulins’ dedication both to excellence and to the intellectual atmosphere that has made the department competitive at the national level. In recognition of her dedication to both research and teaching, the Rebecca Raulins Undergraduate Research Award was created, as was the Sara Jane Rhoads and Rebecca Raulins Lecture in Organic Chemistry, which honors both her and her mentor and colleague. Today, Dr. Raulins continues her strong involvement with the Department of Chemistry, influencing yet another generation of aspiring chemists.
*In loving memory.