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In 2008, Charles T. Campbell and J.W. Rogers, Jr. (former Ph.D. students of J.M. White) along with friends, former students and colleagues joined together to establish the J. M. White Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Chemistry. This fellowship is a lasting tribute to Professor White from those who had the privilege to study under, learn from, and have their lives enriched by this remarkable scientist, educator and human being.

For more than 30 years, he was a key figure in the development of modern surface science, pioneering its application to a variety of surface problems. He graduated more than 50 Ph.D. students and under his direction, a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center was funded at the University of Texas at Austin. He published more than 145 papers and 650 scholarly articles, and served on several committees and boards. Professor White recieved many awards, including the Kendall Award by the American Chemical Society, the Texas Blazers Faculty Excellence Award, and the Arthur W. Adamson Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Surface Chemistry. This endowment supports, in perpetuity, the Department of Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin. Since it has been established, eight graduate students have benefited from this endowment.

Currently, the White Fellowship has a market value of $130,000, which represents giving from 50 former students, colleagues and family members.  To fully support a graduate student for one year requires a one-million dollar endowment.  As we look toward the ten-year anniversary of Professor White’s passing in 2017, the Department of Chemistry has set a goal to increase the value of the White Fellowship to at least $500,000, in order to offer a more competitive fellowship in his honor.  Gift commitments may be pledged over a five-year window.



Learn more about this opportunity, download a pledge form, or make your gift online at txsci.net/JMWhite

Questions? Please call Sarah Heier at 512-471-3299 or email sarah.heier@austin.utexas.edu



 J. Michael White

"J.M. White was an incredible mentor to me. I knew I could depend on his wisdom and steadfastness to help me navigate the intricacies of academia as a graduate student. I miss his enthusiasm for science, his quick wit, and his warm and caring nature. I hope this fellowship will be a wonderful reminder of the impact JMW had on UT Austin."
- Sandra W. Bishnoi, Ph.D.