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Henry L. Bolley Academic Achievement Award:
This award honors an individual who has attained noted achievements in the area of education as teachers, researchers and/or administrators.

“Dr. Miller’s career has represented a nearly perfect blend of research and teaching. The numbers chronicling his academic achievements speak for themselves: more than 269 publications, 22 patents, 142 papers presented at scientific meetings, 201 invited lectures given at nearly all pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies and many major universities around the world. He has directed graduate research for 77 students, most to the Ph.D. level”

– John S. Wold, Ph.D., Class of 1966

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Dr. Marvin J. Miller
B.S. 1971, chemistry

During his high school days at Assumption Abbey Prep in Richardton, ND, Marvin became very interested in science and thought chemistry would be especially interesting. He applied to NDSU, but also a number of other out-of-state schools. Unfortunately, his father’s small auto parts store in Dickinson caught fire during a blizzard and burned. It was very much underinsured and even before that finances were stretched in the family; it was decided that Marvin would stay in state for his college education. When he read about the chemistry program at NDSU, he became very excited. There were a number of established professors, but also some young and ambitious faculty. He was intrigued that many of the faculty were doing research, but really had no idea what research was about. Marvin was in for a very pleasant surprise that would change his life forever.

While at NDSU, Marvin would meet his wife, microbiology major, Patty Krause. In addition to studying, Marvin attended every football game, was active at the Newman Center, would sneak into the glassblowing lab with fellow classmates, and was involved with Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta Sigma. Marvin received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1971.

Marvin went on to earn a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1976, then as a NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of California Berkeley. Marvin then went right into an impressive career with Notre Dame and is now serving as the distinguished George and Winifred Clark Chair of the chemistry program. His vita also boasts the following:

  • Visiting Fellow, Hans-Knoell Institute for Natural Products, Jena, Germany, Spring semester, 2007
  • Visiting Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, Fall semester, 2007
  • Elected Fellow of the AAAS (America Association for the Advancement of Science), 2010
  • Ladd Legacy Symposium Lecturer, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, May 16, 2011
  • Recipient of the 2011 James S. Burns CSC award for Graduate Education.

Since 1979, Dr. Miller has served as a consultant to Eli Lilly and Company. Marvin and his wife Patty work together in Marvin’s research lab at the University of Notre Dame. The combination of Patty’s microbiology expertise and the chemistry in Marvin’s group have resulted in significant advances in medicinal chemistry.

Marvin and Patty have four children: Chris, Katie, Joey and Carl. He is a proud grandpa of six grandsons—Gabe, Colin, Adrian, Carter, Everett and Finely (Carter, Everett and Finely are triplets!). They reside in South Bend, IN.

“Professor Miller has a desire to directly translate his independent research to help address unmet medical needs. Over the course of the last decade, he has initiated several research programs directed at identifying potential new treatments for rare and neglected diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. He is widely recognized as a key leader in striving to convert academic science into biomedical innovation.”

–Alan Palkowitz, Ph.D., Vice President, Discovery Chemistry Research and Technologies, Eli Lilly and Company


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