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Early Career Scientists

Our early career chemical scientists are the future of the field, and are vital to our workforce.  Angela is committed to developing and strengthening opportunities for early career scientists.


Angela has been a strong proponent of students, having started her faculty career at a principally undergraduate institution (PUI), a university of ~2,000 students, and now at one of the largest universities in the country, with ~50,000 students. 

Undergraduate and High School Students

  • Developed and directed an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for over 12 years

  • Developed and co-led an NSF S-STEM program -  a program focusing upon providing enhanced professional opportunities and scholarships, targeting first generation undergraduate students;

  • Involved in Project SEED

  • Visited high schools to talk about careers in chemistry, hosted elementary student visits in her laboratory,  met with Girl Scout groups

  • Invited speaker on the importance of international training of students (e.g., German Networking Luncheon at the ACS National Meeting to leaders of German funding agencies and scientific societies)

  • Over 100 high school and undergraduate students have been engaged in research in her laboratory, with many recognitions based, in part, upon their research including 9 Barry M. Goldwater awardees, Dupont Science Challenge National Awardee, and nearly 40 Intel Science Talent Search and Siemens-Westinghouse finalists and semi-finalists, as well as the International Science and Engineering Fair.

  • At MSU, she has been working on the virtual engagement of ~1,500 new undergraduate students, in the MSU College of Natural Sciences towards student success, research opportunities, and professional development.  In the fall, this will expand to the virtual engagement of ~6,500 STEM undergraduate students.

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Served as Chemistry Graduate Program Director for ten years

  • Research mentor to >45 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows

  • Advocate for graduate student internships in industry, and via programs such as the ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy,  The ACS Global Research Experiences, Exchanges and Training (GREET) program,  NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students, and the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program, all programs in which her students have participated.

  • Invited speaker for graduate student and postdoctoral fellow groups on topics such as careers and international engagement

Early Career Scientists

  • Developed career development, mentoring, and recognition programs and policies for early career scientists, including those in non-tenure track positions

  • At NSF, hosted several Early CAREER Investigator Workshops to discussion research and funding strategies.

  • Invited speaker on career development and research strategies for early career scientists.

"As I write this testimonial, the University of North Texas leads the State of Texas in lifetime Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship winners—that is, in winners of the most prestigious of all undergraduate STEM scholarships.  This is so, in significant measure, because of the way Dr. Angela Wilson consistently developed the intellectual curiosity of undergraduates at UNT during her illustrious years with us.  Her students frequently made original contributions to the world of computational chemistry, excelling, beyond Goldwater competition, in Intel and Siemens-Westinghouse venues.  Dr. Wilson taught them by example—that is, she inspired them to reach the ever-expanding limits of their potential, as she is a distinguished scientist and even more consummate educator."


James Duban, Associate Dean for Research and National Scholarships

TAMS and the Honors College

University of North Texas


Over 150 students and postdoctoral fellows have been a part of Angela's research group, including over 100 high school and undergraduate students.  

"Angela Wilson has been an amazing role model, mentor, and friend.  Her support, guidance, and encouragement throughout my PhD studies was critical in leading me to where I am today. Angela exemplifies the qualities of a great mentor, being passionate about her student’s success.  The type of dedication that Angela has put into her students and research has led her to make significant advancements in the field of theoretical chemistry, earning countless awards and being recognized nationally for her outstanding accomplishments.  I am lucky to have had her motivate and encourage me throughout the years and know that she will be a wonderful ACS president elect and President!"  


Kameron Jorgensen, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Texas A&M International University (an HSI)


NSF Division of Chemistry. Early Career Investigator Workshop, 2016. The annual workshop, which was begun in 2016, was held to provide grant proposal strategy training for early career faculty from all types of colleges and universities .~100 pre-tenure  chemistry faculty members from across the U.S. attended.  The participants, program leadersNSF CHE Division staff, and Angela, as Division Director, are pictured.

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