A Virginia Tech chemist is one of 14 researchers across the country to receive the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for 2010.

Edward Valeev, assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Science received the award, which recognizes leadership in chemistry research and education by young faculty members.

The $75,000 award provides funding to faculty at the early stages of their careers. According to the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the award supports young faculty of "exciting potential or early accomplishment who have demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching."

Valeev's research group works toward accurate quantum-mechanical prediction of properties of molecules and materials. The group's main focus is on the development of mathematical and numerical models and their implementation in computer programs.

"I am humbled by the recognition with this particular award," Valeev said. "Thanks to this award we will be able to develop new high-risk, high-reward research ideas and boost our efforts to involve undergraduates in my lab's research."

Valeev earned his master's degree from the Higher Chemistry College of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow; and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He joined Virginia Tech's College of Science in 2006 and has since won several awards, including a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship.

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