Dec 9, 2021
Dr. Corrie Kuniyoshi
Alumna Corrie Kuniyoshi (PhD ‘05, Foote) named Manager of the ACS Student Experiences Team and will oversee the ACS Scholars and ACS Project SEED programs.
 
The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups in the chemical sciences, majoring in chemistry-related disciplines, and intending to pursue chemistry-related careers. The ACS Project SEED (Summer Experiences for the Economically Disadvantaged) program provides paid summer internship program for high school students. 
 
According to the announcement from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Office of Philanthropy, Kuniyoshi brings “a deep understanding of chemistry education, professional development, and career planning to her new position”. During her 16 years at ACS, she has served as project manager for the ACS Chemistry and Chemistry in Context textbooks and was the chief editor of GPChemist.acs.org, a magazine focused on professional development for graduate students. She co-led the development of ChemIDP.org, a nationally recognized career planning tool, and is the lead investigator on the NSF-funded project, “Impact Indicator and Instruments for Individual Development Plans (IDPs),” which studies IDP efficacy and identity development. 
 
Commenting on her new role, Kuniyoshi says: “I am excited to apply my passion and many years of experience to further strengthen our exceptional donor-supported programs and help amazing students find fulfilling and enriching careers in the chemical science enterprise.”
 
Kuniyoshi received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the California State University San Bernadino in 1999. She received her Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry at UCLA in 2005 under the direction of late Professor Christopher Foote and, soon after, joined the staff of the American Chemical Society.  
 
Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry& Biochemistry, penny@chem.ucla.edu.