Herman & Corinne Stein Memorial Chemistry Award

A fundraising campaign for Bronx Community College

The Department of Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences (formerly the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology) at Bronx Community College (BCC) of the City University of New York (CUNY) is establishing the Prof. Herman & Corinne Stein Memorial Chemistry Award in recognition of Prof. Stein’s dedication to the department, BCC and CUNY. This new award will be given to a graduating BCC A.S. Chemistry option major who has a strong interest in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and who has also served BCC tirelessly.

About Prof Herman Stein:

Prof. Herman Stein was a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences (formerly the Department of Chemical Technology) at BCC/CUNY. Prof. Stein served BCC and CUNY for 55 yrs. Prof. Stein was the recipient of the BCC Presidential Medal in 2014.  Stein passed away on December 18, 2017.

The Prof. Herman Stein Learning Center was dedicated in his honor on May 3, 2018.

Prof. Stein was the author of three books, two of which are currently still used at BCC. Prof Stein was first hired as an instructor by President Morris Meister in 1959 and was promoted to Assistant Professor at the completion of his first year.

Prof. Stein developed many of the Chemistry Department courses and other chemistry courses that had applications to industry.  CHM02 is and has been the department’s highest enrolled course. Just in the last 15 years, 11,500 BCC students have taken CHM02.  Prof. Stein was also instrumental in the development of the BCC Liberal Arts and Science options in Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

Prof. Stein served as the department chairperson from 1985-1988 and as the deputy chairperson responsible for evening classes for 10 years. Prof. Stein served as an Assistant Dean for Evening Summer classes from 1961-1975.

Prof. Stein has served the department and the college as a mentor to many of the department’s junior faculty members. Prof. Stein mentored many students at BCC including our current Adjunct Lecturer, Prof. Oneyda Lopez, who fondly remembers all of his work to encourage her and other students at BCC. Also, former Earth Science major Alejandro Prieto says that “he loved that man like a father.” Prior to coming to BCC, Professor Stein was an instructor at Brooklyn College of CUNY from 1955-1959. Prof. Stein held a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Brooklyn College/CUNY and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from City College of New York/CUNY. 

We are eternally indebted to Prof. Stein for all his hard work to advance the department, BCC, CUNY, Oneyda, Alejandro and the rest of our BCC students.

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