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Alumni Award Recipient Dr. Cheryl M. Mascarenhas

Dr. Cheryl M. Mascarenhas ’97
2011 Young Alumna Award Recipient

A Karachi, Pakistan native, Dr. Cheryl M. Mascarenhas is an associate professor of chemistry at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. After graduating from Bridgewater, she attended graduate school in the chemistry department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2002. Following her doctorate, she completed a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in another research laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Mascarenhas was hired by Benedictine University in 2003 to teach organic chemistry lecture and laboratory courses and advanced organic chemistry. She also worked as the organic chemistry lab coordinator from 2003-2008 and currently serves as academic adviser to chemistry and biochemistry/molecular biology majors. She received tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2009.

Dr. Mascarenhas’s many achievements at Benedictine include receiving the College of Science Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2007); being selected co-recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (2008); serving as invited lecturer or national presenter at as many as 12 conferences; supervising research projects for 20 undergraduate students; and being appointed to the mentoring program for new faculty (2009-2012).

Dr. Mascarenhas’s research is in the field of organic synthesis and chemical education, and she has also served as a reviewer for the Journal of Chemical Education (since 2009), mentored new faculty, served on the Health Sciences Recommendations Committee (since 2005), was elected to the Honors Committee and advised in the American Student Volunteer Network.

Since 1997, Dr. Mascarenhas has been a member of the American Chemical Society and has also been a member of Iota Sigma Pi – the national honor society for women in chemistry – since 1995. Since 2003 she has been a member of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Areas and served as its chair from 2009-2010.

Dr. Mascarenhas resides in Plainfield, Ill.