Chemistry Professor Jenny Yang named 2018 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar
Jenny Yang, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Irvine, has been named among the 2018 Class of CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars by the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research (CIFAR).The two-year CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides $100,000 in funds to researchers within the first five years of their first academic position and helps early-career scholars network and develop leadership skills needed to become frontrunners on a global scale.Yang is among 12 scholars selected in 2018 from the U.S., Canada, Israel, Singapore and the Netherlands. The researchers in this year’s cohort are asking some of the most interesting and important questions facing humanity today. Research in Yang’s lab centers on developing efficient and inexpensive metal catalysts to produce carbon-neutral fuels and feedstock chemicals using renewable energy. Yang came to UCI in 2013. She received her B.S. from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D from MIT. Among many distinctions she has received the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, a Sloan Research Fellowship, and a NSF CAREER Award.