Reginald Tomkins was the winner of the 2011 Zaida C. Morales Martinez ACS Scholars Mentoring Prize. The prize presented at the National Meeting of ACS held in Philadelphia in September, 2012.
The ACS Scholars Program was established in 1994 to attract African American, Hispanic and American Indian students considered unrepresented in the chemical sciences to pursue careers in the field. The program also aims to help build awareness of the value and rewards associated with careers in the chemical sciences.
Corporations, organizations and individual donors have contributed more than 3.5 million dollars to the scholars program to help scholarship winners achieve success. ACS seeks mentors from college and university faculty, industry as well as members, and volunteers associated with minority advocacy organizations. Dr. Tomkins has served as the mentor for all of the ACS scholars at NJIT in chemical engineering since its conception.