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Wen-fai Fong receives Cottrell Scholar Award

Fong will use teacher-scholar award to study the origins of fast radio bursts

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Northwestern University astrophysicist Wen-fai Fong has received a 2022 Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA), the United States’ first foundation wholly dedicated to science.

Fong is among a diverse group of 24 early career scholars in chemistry, physics and astronomy recognized with the annual award. Each awardee receives $100,000.

The scholars will be honored and meet to exchange ideas July 6-8 at the Cottrell Scholar Conference in Tucson, Arizona.

“These exceptional teacher-scholars are chosen not just for their research and educational programs but for their potential to become academic leaders at their institutions and beyond,” said RCSA president and CEO Daniel Linzer.

RCSA selects Cottrell Scholars through a rigorous peer-review process of applications from a wide variety of research universities and primarily undergraduate institutions in the United States and Canada. The scholars’ award proposals incorporate both research and science education.

Fong is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and a member of Northwestern’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astronomy (CIERA). She received the Cottrell Scholar Award for her proposal “Toward the Next Breakthroughs in Time-Domain Astronomy: The Origins of Fast Radio Bursts.”

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