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Beckman Foundation Announces 2020 Beckman Young Investigator Awardees

Ten Researchers Selected to Receive $6M in Total Science Funding for Cutting-edge Research

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation announced today the selection of its 2020 class of Beckman Young Investigator Awardees from U.S. colleges and universities. The awardees exemplify the Foundation’s mission of supporting the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open new avenues of research in science. They were selected from a pool of over 300 applicants after a three-part review led by a panel of scientific experts.

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This year’s award offers $600,000 in funding over four years to each of the following researchers:

John Blazeck, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
Jennifer Bridwell-Rabb, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Laura Duvall, Ph.D., Columbia University
Andrea Giovannucci, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Stavroula Hatzios, Ph.D., Yale University
Sarah King, Ph.D., University of Chicago
James McKone, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Dipti Nayak, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Maxwell Robb, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Yue Wang, Ph.D., University of California, Merced

Our newest Beckman Young Investigator awardees are inspired to address global issues through their research, such as rapid vaccine development, understanding methane-consuming bacteria, and re-imagining chemical manufacturing processes. We can’t wait to see the exciting work from this outstanding group of young researchers!

Dr. Anne Hultgren, Executive Director