The founders of the M.L. Dewey and C.H. Kelly Award, Marjorie Dewey and Kay Kelly, have enjoyed a life-time involvement with science which began when the two sisters were students at the University of Nebraska in the late 1940s. The pair, both NU graduates, were co-owners of Morris Laboratories in Sacramento, Calif. Marjorie Dewey and Kay Kelly wish to encourage others to pursue a similar commitment to the field of science through the Dewey/Kelly Lectureship series at UNL. It is their hope to enhance the educational experiences for chemistry students and to increase the opportunities for faculty to interact with leading scientists from both the United States and around the world.
Former Department of Chemistry Chair, Pill-Soon Song, encourages lectureships such as the Dewey/Kelly Lectureship and claims, ""By inviting a distinguished scholar to speak to faculty members as well as students, we can encourage people to develop international collaborations in science."
- 2010-11 - Jacqueline K. Barton
- 1997-98 - Alan Fersht
- 1996-97 - Christopher M. Dobson
- 1995-96 - Kurt Schaffner