Prizes & Awards

Kang-Kuen Ni

Kang-Kuen Ni wins 2023 New Horizons in Physics Prize

September 22, 2022

Kang-Kuen Ni, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, has received the 2023 New Horizons in Physics Prize from the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. The New Horizons prizes are awarded to early-career scientists who have made significant contribution to the fields of Fundamental Physics, Life Science, and Mathematics. The Breakthrough Prizes were founded by sponsors Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki.

“Congratulations to all of the Breakthrough Prize winners, whose incredible discoveries will pave the way for scientific...

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CCB Community Award

CCB Community Award Winner: Ally Freedy, Chemical Biology Ph.D. '22

June 12, 2022

This spring CCB launched a new award, the CCB Community Award, to recognize the immense efforts that are regularly being undertaken to develop a more vibrant community among the department's students, faculty and staffers and other community members. This award will be given on a quarterly basis to two individuals in our community who go above and beyond to improve our department and make CCB a great place to work and learn. 

Our first winner--Ally Freedy, Chemical Biology Ph.D. '22-- has been described as an empathetic and great leader. Ally has also...

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George M. Whitesides wins 2022 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience

June 1, 2022

Professor George M. Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, has been selected as one the recipients of the 2022 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience, which honors the "pioneers that created molecular scale coatings for surfaces which enable unprecedented control and engineering of surface properties. Their work transformed surface science and has led to applications shaping our daily lives in areas from medical diagnostics to semiconductor devices."

The Kavli Prizes are awarded in three areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience – "to recognize...

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Assistant Professor Jarad Mason

Professors Jarad Mason and Daniel Nocera receive 2022 Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research Award

April 3, 2022

Professor Jarad Mason and Professor Daniel Nocera's project, “Microporous Liquids: Next-Generation Electrolytes for Catalysis,” has been selected for funding in the 2022 Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research. 

The Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research (formerly known as the Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research) provides seed funding to interdisciplinary high-risk, high-impact projects in the life, physical, and social sciences. This program...

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Mengtan Liu has been awarded a 2022 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship

Mengtan Liu has been awarded a 2022 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship

February 9, 2022

Mengtan (Mandy) Liu, a graduate student in Professor Jarad Mason's research group. has been awarded a 2022 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship for her research, "Design of Meltable and Glass-Forming Metal–Organic Frameworks via Crystal Engineering.To encourage promising graduate students to pursue crystallographically oriented research, the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) established the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Fund to support the education and research program of promising graduate students in crystallography-related...

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Professor Brian Liau

Brian Liau wins the 2022 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award

January 18, 2022

Brian Liau, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, is one of ten recipients of the 2022 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award for his research: "Investigating allosteric mechanisms regulating DNA methyltransferase enzymes." Liau recieved received Stage 2 funding this year; he recieved the initial award in 2020. The Award was established to support “high-risk, high-reward” ideas with the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of cancer, and designed to provide funding to exceptionally creative thinkers with a...

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Assistant Professor Jarad Mason

Jarad Mason wins the 2021 Dream Chemistry Award

December 14, 2021
Jarad Mason, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, has won the 2021 Dream Chemistry Award for his project on treating hypoxia with microporous water. The Dream Chemistry Award is an international competition that recognizes young chemists who "dream of solving fundamental problems with bold ideas." The competition is organized by the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Read more here:... Read more about Jarad Mason wins the 2021 Dream Chemistry Award
John Ovian

John Ovian awarded EJ Corey Bristol-Myers Squibb Fellowship

August 31, 2021

John Ovian, a graduate student in the Jacobsen Lab, has been chosen as a recipient of the EJ Corey Bristol-Myers Squibb Fellowship for 2021-22. John’s doctoral research focuses on developing catalytic enantioselective methods for the synthesis of chromanes and fluorinated building blocks. He also works to elucidate the catalyst features responsible for achieving high selectivity. Congratulations, John!

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American Chemical Society announces Division of Inorganic Chemistry Awards

August 31, 2021
Dr. Agnes Thorarinsdottir is the recipient of the 2021 American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry award together with Dr. Yunjung Baek. Dr. Thorarinsdottir, Harvard University Center for the Environment Fellow, received her Ph.D. with Dr. Dave Harris at Northwestern University and currently she is conducting her postdoctoral studies in the Nocera Group. Dr. Yunjung Baek received her Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Theodore Betley, Harvard University CCB.
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Rebecca Sherbo awarded Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award

August 5, 2021
Rebecca Sherbo, a postdoctoral fellow in the Nocera group, has been awarded the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface. This award funds the postdoctoral-to-faculty transition for postdocs who have completed a Ph.D. in physical sciences and then transitioned into biological sciences. Rebecca’s work is at the interface of electrochemistry and synthetic biology. She focuses on growing carbon- and nitrogen-fixing bacteria electrochemically to make food products from renewable energy and gases. A full story can be found... Read more about Rebecca Sherbo awarded Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award
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Kevin Zhao selected as a 2021 Schmidt Science Fellow

June 4, 2021
Eric and Wendy Schmidt today announced the fourth cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows, a group of 28 early-career scientists committed to harnessing interdisciplinary science to make a positive difference in the world. Kevin Zhao, a G5 in the Liu Lab, is one of three Harvard University students to receive the coveted fellowship. The Selectors were very impressed by the high quality of the candidates this year and Zhao was selected from a group of over 400 highly accomplished candidates nominated from 88 of the world’s leading science and technology universities and... Read more about Kevin Zhao selected as a 2021 Schmidt Science Fellow

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