Mary Jo Pribble Graduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry

Mary Jo Pribble

Mary Jo Pribble earned a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from Maryville College, TN, and a Masters Degree in Chemistry from Duke University, NC. She entered the PhD program at LSU and became a student in the research group of the late Professor Joel Selbin. She completed a dissertation titled, “New Coordination Compounds of Uranium V.” She received her PhD in 1970.

After a brief stint as a document chemist at Ethyl Corp, she moved on to a long career as a teacher, first at Limestone College in South Carolina. In 1977, she became a faculty member at Glenville State College where she was well-respected and described by a former student as “a one woman chemistry department.” Dr Pribble was an elder in the Glenville Presbyterian Church and had a passion for weaving. She retired in 1994.

Professor Pribble passed away on August 11th, 2015. She left a substantial sum of money to LSU Chemistry for graduate student support. The funds have been endowed for the purposes of this award.

Previous Winners:

  • 2021- Saeed Fosshat (Chambers Group)
  • 2020- Xin Gui (Xie Group)
  • 2019- Drew Hood (Stanley Group)
  • 2018-Himali Kokila Ranasinghe (Marzilli Group)