Jun 05, 2020
We are pleased to welcome the 2020 recipients of the Fulbright-Cottrell Award, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ann-Christin Pöppler and Dr. Günther Thiele, to the Fulbright-Cottrell Scholar network!
Dr. Pöppler leads a research group on organic structural chemistry at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg and received the award for her project, “Complementary Tools for the Characterization of Complex Solid Materials.” Dr. Thiele is a junior research group leader at Freie Universität Berlin’s Institute for Chemistry and Biochemistry and received the award for his project “Structural Chemistry 2.0: Augmented Reality meets Solid State Research.” As stipulated by this award’s unique criteria, both projects integrate top-notch research with creative teaching.
Both awardees will be formally recognized during an award ceremony planned for next spring in Cologne, where this year’s ceremony was to have taken place in May 2020 during the Fulbright-Cottrell Junior Faculty Professional Development Workshop. The award ceremony, workshop and associated science slam had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We congratulate Dr. Pöppler and Dr. Thiele for this accomplishment and wish them all the best for the implementation of their projects!
Left: Junior-Professor Ann-Christin Pöppler, second from right, during a 2019 excursion to Bruker, the manufacturer of scientific instruments, with three PhD students in her research group. Right: Dr. Günther Thiele holding a 3D „merge cube” model, an important tool that incorporates augmented reality in the teaching part of his proposal, for which he won the Fulbright-Cottrell Award.
With its Fulbright-Cottrell Award, the German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin offers an excellent opportunity for junior faculty in the fields of chemistry, physics and astronomy. Through the combined funding and conference participation, the Fulbright-Cottrell Award supports outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities on both sides of the Atlantic for the quality and innovation of their research programs and academic leadership skills.
You can learn more about the Fulbright-Cottrell Award here.