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April 20, 2004


    OSWEGO -- Dr. Ray O'Donnell of SUNY Oswego's chemistry department received the Henry Hill Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Professional Status of Chemists and Chemical Engineers last month at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

    James Burke, chairman of the society's board of directors and a former Hill Award winner himself, made the presentation.

    O'Donnell has long been active as a career consultant for the society. He currently reviews resumes and conducts mock interviews and career workshops all over the country. "He does it all with a smile and now is involved in the training of new consultants," Burke said.

    The chairman said O'Donnell is best known for his outstanding work with students as a mentor, teacher, and preceptor and leader of the society's Project SEED. He was a member of the Project SEED Committee during a period when the program had its greatest growth. He was one of the first to be invited to become a mentor for the society's Minority Scholars Program.

    O'Donnell has been active in the Syracuse Section of the American Chemical Society for 40 years, serving as regional representative, chair of the section, alternate councilor, councilor and provider of career assistance. He received the Syracuse Section Award in 1990.

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