Mar 27 2017
With its Fulbright-Cottrell Award, the German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin offers a unique opportunity for researchers in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and Biochemistry. It rewards 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 their academic leadership skills.
This year's prize was awarded at the Fulbright Commission´s 63rd Berlin Seminar on March 27, 2017.
The two Fulbright-Cottrell Scholars 2017 are the biochemist Dr. Ute Hellmich from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and the physicist Dr. Steffen Schumann from Georg-August-University Göttingen. Their projects “From local alterations to global changes: ABC transporters to study molecular determinants of protein function and dynamics” (Hellmich) and “Precision Simulations for the LHC” (Schumann) were especially convincing as they showed a successful combination of research and teaching – with a particular focus on innovative methods to motivate students and get them involved early on in their respective fields.
Since 1994, the U.S.-based Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) has awarded the annual Cottrell Award to excellent “teacher-scholars” in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy. Emulating this successful approach since 2016, the Fulbright-Cottrell Award consists of a grant of 63.000 Euros to fund a three-year teaching and research project at the scholars’ home institutions, and travel funds for annual Cottrell Scholars Conferences in Tucson, Arizona.