Professor receives U.S. government’s highest honor bestowed to early career scientists and engineers

Researcher in lab on computer

Katharine Moore Tibbetts, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, operates laser beams in her lab that serve as a “camera” that captures the motions of individual energetic molecules on the femtosecond timescale.

A Virginia Commonwealth University chemistry professor is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.

Katharine Moore Tibbetts, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Humanities and Sciences, is one of about 300 scientists and engineers across the country and one of 15 in Virginia to receive the award, which was announced by President Donald J. Trump.

“I’m incredibly honored to receive this prestigious award that puts me in the company of so many outstanding scientists,” Tibbetts said. “One exciting development is that many of the recipients have decided to use our newly granted platform to educate the public on the impact of scientific developments on their daily lives and to advocate for continued federal investment in scientific research that benefits society. I look forward to working with my colleagues on these efforts.”

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