Reichert Named an American Chemical Society Fellow and ‘Future of the Field’ in Research

Posted on November 17, 2022 by MarComm

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Dr. Matthew Reichert, professor of chemistry and assistant vice president for research at the University of South Alabama, has been named a 2022 American Chemical Society Fellow.

The American Chemical Society is a non-profit science organization that aims to benefit the world through the advancement of science and the power of chemistry. The organization was founded in 1876 and has more than 151,000 members in 140 countries. The society is also known for its efforts in supporting research for places in need, such as Ukraine.

“Without my participation in the American Chemical Society, professionally I would not be where I am today,” Reichert said. “I’m immensely grateful for the opportunities and connections that have developed over the years.”

The American Chemical Society Fellows Program was created in 2008 to recognize members for their outstanding achievements. Reichert was one of the 45 fellows named nationwide in 2022. He is also the first faculty member from the University of South Alabama to be named as a fellow. 

"Dr. Reichert is a tireless advocate of the chemical sciences," said Dr. Jason Coym, chair of the Department of Chemistry. "In addition to his academic career here at South, he has been exceptionally active in the American Chemical Society, both at the local and national levels."

Reichert has been a member of the society since he was a student in graduate school. He was nominated as a fellow by the Mobile Local Section (LS 423), which is the American Chemical Society’s branch located in southwest Alabama and southeast Mississippi. 

Reichert was also recognized as “Future of the Field” by the Society of Research Administrators International. The Future of the Field program highlights up-and-coming research administrators who demonstrate leadership in innovative ways that advance the field. The Society of Research Administrators International is the premier global research management society providing education, professional development and comprehensive information about research management to professionals from over 40 countries.

The program received more than 100 nominations from around the world. Applications were evaluated based on candidates’ career history, demonstration of exceptional professional growth and significant contributions made to the advancement of Research Administration. Reichert’s contributions to science and the profession include 59 publications in the field of ionic liquids with more than 11,000 citations.

Reichert was formally recognized at the Society of Research Administrators International’s annual meeting this November in Las Vegas.

“My two jobs have different mindsets with overlapping skills,” Reichert said. “I’m still using the research and proposal development skills I honed as a faculty member, but now those skills are used to help other faculty members develop their research projects.”

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