The George Splittgerber Scholarship in Chemistry honors emeritus faculty, and beloved member of the Department of Chemistry, George Splittgerber. George began his 40-year teaching career at Colorado State University in the fall of 1948. During his time there, he served as director of eight National Science Foundation Summer Institutes for high school chemistry teachers at CSU, the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and Loyola University in New Orleans. The Summer Institutes were attended by teachers from across the United States and provided information on many topics, including expectations for high school science background for incoming students planning to attend Colorado universities.
Additionally, he served as chairman of the Committee on Institutes and Conferences of the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society, and as assistant chairman of the CSU chemistry department for much of the 1970s. He retired from the University in 1988 after 40 years of service, and he continued to make daily treks to the CSU library to read, relax, and continue his personal research. In 2015, the George Splittgerber Scholarship in Chemistry was created by Dr. Glenn Boutilier and his wife Donna to honor George’s enthusiasm for both teaching and learning as well as the invaluable mentorship he provided for countless aspiring chemistry students; George’s many accomplishments, and the lives he touched throughout his time at CSU, will not be forgotten.