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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.



Recipients

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)

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