Paul J. Olscamp Research Award
A faculty member from either the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or the College of Science and Engineering is selected each year in recognition for their impressive record of achievement in scholarship and research during their time at Western. While the award is intended to recognize all of one’s excellence in scholarship while at Western, supporting research and scholarship materials from the candidate shall be limited to no more than five years, but should include the last three.
Greg O'Neil - Chemistry
Greg O’Neil received his B.S. in chemistry from Boston College and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before joining the faculty at Western Washington University in 2008, he was an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim Ruhr, Germany. Dr. O’Neil’s research efforts and results are truly outstanding in terms of publications, external funding, and mentoring of students. He has published 32 peer-reviewed papers in high quality journals describing work done at WWU and has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Research Corporation, the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, and the Washington Research Foundation to support his research focused on natural products chemistry. In all, his funding since arriving at WWU is close to two-million dollars.
Kate McLean - Psychology
Kate McLean trained in developmental and personality psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2004. Her research focuses on adolescent and emerging adult identity development. She holds grants from the National Science Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation, serves on the governing council for the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, is an associate editor for the Journal Personality and Social Psychology: PPID, and is the director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Research at WWU.