Richard G. Kessel Medical Scholarship
A native Iowan, Richard G. Kessel understands the need for hard work and dedication, and as a UI faculty member, he has taught thousands of UI students. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, in 1953, Richard Kessel enrolled in the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Financial constraints caused a change in plans. He enrolled in the biological sciences at the University of Iowa where he went on to receive two advanced degrees in zoology (an M.A. degree in 1956, and a Ph.D. in 1959).
Following graduation, Richard joined the anatomy department at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. In 1961, he returned to the biology department at the University of Iowa. For nearly four decades, Professor Kessel carried out research in cell and developmental biology, published numerous scientific publications and five books, and taught undergraduate and graduate students in cell biology, electron microscopy, and microscopic anatomy.
A pioneer in electron microscopy education, Professor Kessel received the first U.S. Public Health Service Research Career Development Award at the University of Iowa. He is a member of the American Association of Anatomists, the Microscopy Society of America, the America Society for Cell Biology, the Society of Developmental Biologists, and the American Association of University Professors. Professor Kessel retired in 1997.
In 1998 he created the Richard G. Kessel Medical Scholarship Award through the University of Iowa Foundation. Professor Kessel’s generosity will enable medical students to pursue a fulfilling career in medicine.
Congratulations on receiving the Richard G. Kessel Medical Scholarship