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Beth Stauffer of our biology department has been awarded a 2018 Early-Career Research Fellowship from the Gulf Research program of the National Academy of Sciences.

An extract from the relevant NAS press release of 29 August 2018 follows.

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today announced the recipients of its 2018 Early-Career Research Fellowships. These competitive awards are among a suite of program activities aimed at supporting the development of future generations of scientists, engineers, and health professionals who are prepared to work at the intersections of offshore energy system safety, human health and well-being, and environmental stewardship in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. coastal regions.

"In response to the growing popularity of this program, this year we doubled the number of Early-Career Research Fellowships being awarded from 10 to 20," said Maggie Walser, director of education and capacity building. "With this fourth class of fellows, we've now built a network of nearly 50 scientists and researchers in the Gulf region and around the country focused on providing leadership and expertise in addressing the complex, interdisciplinary challenges facing coastal regions."

The Early-Career Research Fellowship recognizes professionals at the critical pre-tenure phase of their careers who show exceptional leadership and performance, and potential for future contributions to improving offshore energy system safety, human health and well-being, or environmental stewardship. Each fellow receives an award of $76,000, paid to his or her institution in the form of a two-year grant, for research expenses and professional development. To foster their development as leaders, the fellows also receive professional guidance from a mentor who is a senior faculty member at their home institution.

Learn more about these fellwoships and the Gulf Research Program here.