16 Nov 2015
Early Career Prize Draws Alyssa Across the Pond - Alyssa–Jennifer Avestro (2010—2015) has been selected by Her Majesty's Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to commence her independent academic career as an 1851 Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Durham University, which was recently ranked as the UK's top Chemistry Department for Research Impact (REF2014). This three–year early career 1851 Research Fellowship in Science and Engineering is awarded to young scientists and engineers of exceptional promise for establishing independence and leading a high–impact research programme of their own instigation that will contribute to the knowledge base required for a healthy and innovative UK and world society. A small number of winners are selected for 1851 awards each year — nine total Research Fellows for 2015 — which, since the award's inception, include 13 Nobel Laureates. An award generally reserved for those individuals with up to three years of postdoctoral research experience, Alyssa represents a rare demographic (i.e., one of two chemists, one of two women, the only American this year) to land a Fellowship and join such a highly–esteemed British institution, having only successfully defended her PhD thesis this past October on The Rational Design and Structure–Property Relationships of Electron–Deficient Aromatic Receptors and Materials. Congratulations, Alyssa, and best of luck in launching your independent career!