Elon University / Today at Elon / Anthony Rizzuto named AL Hook Emerging Professor in Science and Mathematics
An Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Rizzuto is recognized for her scholarship and professional record, as well as her teaching of students.
Anthony Rizzuto, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been named AL Hook Emerging Professor of Science and Mathematics.
The three-year term is awarded to faculty members who have received ongoing and active scholarships, who have a history of directing undergraduate research, and who have demonstrated the ability to make an impact on students, departments, and the university. Mr. Dabrowski’s selection is subject to the review and recommendation of a committee and the appointment of a professor by the Rector.
Rizzuto joined the faculty at Elon University in the fall of 2017 after earning a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, CA. Rizzuto graduated from Elon with honors in 2011 and entered Phi Beta Kappa as a student, receiving the Senior Chemistry Achievement Award as a Senior Graduate in Chemistry.
A dedicated mentor, Rizzuto has supported the undergraduate studies of 12 students, including 3 Elon College Fellows, 3 SURE Fellows, and 1 Glen Raven Scholar. The combination of these studies has resulted in over a dozen regional and national conference presentations, multiple external grant awards, and numerous manuscripts prepared for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
“Our students are the next generation of leaders in the scientific community. That is why I have sought to foster an extensive collaborative research environment while encouraging the intersection of chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science and engineering.” Rizzuto talked about his approach to mentorship.
As a scholar, Rizzuto has co-authored five papers in influential publications. This is also thanks to his collaboration with his Berkeley colleagues at UC. Hooke’s professorship has provided Rizzuto with additional time and resources to advance his research conducted with undergraduate students in the field of spectroscopy, and to explore opportunities that student researchers may not otherwise be accustomed to. equipment and concepts with
Chemistry Professor Cathy Matera said in remarks before Rizzuto was recognized as a professor at the opening ceremony that she was an avid student who enrolled at Elon with the intention of studying history before immersing herself in chemistry. . “Today Tony is on the other side of the fence and he is a very popular research mentor,” Matera said during an event at the Shah Center. It embraces the mentor model and now accepts it as a professor of chemistry.”
Elon alumni Tommy Holmes and Harris L. Hendricks have awarded the AL Hook Emerging Scholar Professorship to honor former physics and mathematics professor Alonzo Lohr Hook and to support science, research, and student participation at Elon. Founded in Science and Mathematics. Previous faculty members who have held professorships include Christa Alangara, Kyle Altman, Kathryn Matera, Chad Autry, and Jennifer Dubrowski.