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Nellie Yeoh Whetten Award


Purpose

To recognize and encourage excellence by women in graduate studies in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS.


Eligibility

The nominee must be a registered female graduate student in an accredited academic institution at the time when the applications are due. Applicants are normally expected not to graduate before the award selection. The award may be given to a particular individual only once. Following the Awards Committee Meeting in the Spring/Summer, the top eight (8) student nominees are notified and invited to present talks on their research to the Awards Committee on Tuesday morning at the International Symposium. After the interview, one of the top three (3) students of the eight (8) finalists will receive the Whetten Award. The finalists not selected will receive either the Hoffman Award, Varian Award, or Dorothy M or Earl S. Hoffman Scholarships. Criteria for selection of the awardee are excellence in research and academic record.
 

Nature of the Award

The award consists of a cash award, a certificate, and reimbursed travel support to attend the International Symposium.
 

Establishment and Support

The Nellie Yeoh Whetten Award was established in 1989, in the spirit of Nellie Yeoh Whetten, to recognize and encourage excellence by women in graduate studies in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS. A fund to support the award was established by Timothy J. Whetten, friends and family of Nellie Yeoh Whetten, and AVS. The award consists of a cash award, a certificate, and reimbursed travel support to attend the International Symposium.

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Recipients

2020 - Natalie Seitzman, Colorado School of Mines

2019 - Rebecca Thompson, University of Chicago

2018 - Ann Lii-Rosales, Iowa State University

2017 - Rachael Farber, Loyola University Chicago

2016 - Debalaya Sarker, Indian Institute of Technology

2015 - Leeya Engel, Tel Aviv University

2014 - Jiechang Hou, University of Pennsylvania

2013 - Indira Seshadri, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2012 - Nour Nijem, University of Texas, Dallas

2011 - Sondra Hellstrom, Stanford University

2010 - Xiaoyu Wang, University of Wisconsin, Madison

2009 - Sarah Bishop, University of California, San Diego

2008 - Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman, University of California, Berkeley

2007 - Andrea Munro, University of Washington

2006 - Jessica Hilton, University of Minnesota

2005 - Natalia Farkas, University of Akron

2004 - Wensha Yang, University of Wisconsin at Madison

2003 - Meredith L. Anderson, Carnegie Mellon University

2002 - Lyudmila Goncharova, Rutgers University

2001 - Tanhong Cai, Iowa State University

2000 - Jennifer E. Gerbi, University of Illinois

1999 - Nerissa Taylor, University of Illinois

1998 - Jennifer Hovis, University of Wisconsin

1997 - Catherine Labelle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1996 - Tracy E. Caldwell, University of California, Davis

1995 - Cynthia Kelchner, Iowa State University

1994 - Monica Katiyar, University of Illinois

1993 - Laura Tedder, University of California, San Diego

1992 - Hope Michelson, IBM Almaden Research Center

1991 - Lucia Markert, University of Illinois

1990 - Jani C. Ingram, University of Arizona