MML Research Chemist Jeanita Pritchett has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Henry C. McBay Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). Henry McBay was a renowned Chemist and educator who taught in the Atlanta University System (Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Atlanta University) for over 41 years and one of the seven founders of NOBCChE. One of his greatest professional hallmarks was his love and passion for educating students in STEM. Between 1936 and 1994, McBay helped scores of African Americans gain their doctorates in chemistry and then find suitable teaching positions at historically black colleagues and universities.
In honor of his legacy, NOBCChE established the Henry C. McBay Outstanding Teacher Award to recognize STEM educators for demonstrating outstanding contributions to the education and mentoring of young scientists and engineers. Pritchett was nominated by the Chemistry Department at Montgomery College and was selected based on her passion for STEM and commitment to the educational development of others. The award was presented at the 43rd NOBCChE annual awards ceremony and reception on November 11th, 2016.