Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, University of Richmond’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, is a 2015 recipient of the Penn State Alumni Fellow Award.

This permanent, lifelong designation recognizes leaders in their respective fields who showcase a commitment to service and engagement, specifically by returning to the University to lend their expertise to students, faculty and administrators. Earlier this fall, Fetrow visited with faculty and students for a full day and gave the address at opening convocation at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa.

“I’m very honored to receive this award from my doctoral alma mater,” said Fetrow, who received the award at Penn State on Oct. 21. “The education and mentoring I received at Penn State Medical School helped to set me on the successful path that I enjoy today.”

Fetrow earned a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Albright College. In addition to serving as provost, Fetrow is a professor of chemistry at University of Richmond.

Her ongoing research program focuses on understanding the relationships between protein structure, function and dynamics with a long-range goal of understanding disease mechanisms and improving processes for structure-based drug discovery. She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed or invited articles and is listed as an inventor on five U.S. patents. She enjoys involving undergraduate students and research associates in her research projects and has won three awards for her excellence and innovation in teaching. 

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