Buxbaum Scholarship

“Becoming a Buxbaum Scholar has provided me with the opportunity to advance myself academically, professionally, and personally. As an undergraduate, I was able to work with likeminded professionals, both faculty and peers on matters, which impacted the field of gerontology. In doing so, I was presented with the unique opportunity to attend several professional conferences and exchange ideas with leaders in the nursing community. As a graduate student, I have seen an increase in the content and character of my work. The projects I am working on directly impact past, present, and future concerns in the field of gerontology. Altogether, receiving the Buxbuam Scholarship has aided me in my development as a professional, while allowing me to place a primary focus in my field interest.”

Matthew Koterwas

Undergraduate (2007-09) and Graduate (2014-16) Buxbaum Scholar


Dr. Jeanne K. Buxbaum earned B.S. (1938) and Ph.D. (1941) degrees in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Science and an M.B.A. (1974) from the University of Delaware . She was the first Ph.D.-prepared woman chemist employed by DuPont Company, where she worked until her retirement in the late 1980s. She was married to Edwin Buxbaum, Ph.D., an organic chemist and anthropologist, who predeceased Jeanne.  They had no children together.

Dr. Buxbaum was a member of Sigma Xi (science honorary society), Beta Gamma Sigma (business administration honorary society), and the Association of Chemical Engineers. She was co-inventor on a patent issued in Canada to DuPont Company for a dye dispersion process. She was an avid gardener and passionate about classical music.

At age 87, Dr. Buxbaum was frail and had lost her sight due to macular degeneration; she was cared for by professional nurses until her death. She left a large portion of her estate to the University of Delaware , establishing the Jeanne K. Buxbaum Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in Nursing and the Jeanne K. Buxbaum Chair of Nursing Science – all of which are focused on aging, specifically those aspects of aging associated with frailty in late life, such as sensory losses.