The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise recognizes foreign-born artists and scientists who have demonstrated exceptional creativity and originality in the early stages of their careers. Two $25,000 prizes, one in the field of biomedical science and one in a category of the arts or humanities designated by the foundation, are awarded each year.
Ting was honored for her contribution to the problem of specific protein functioning, through site-specific protein labeling.
The cash award, accompanied by a certificate of recognition created by designer Stefan Sagmeister, is presented to each winner of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise during the foundation’s annual awards dinner in New York. The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise was established to encourage and support the artistic and scientific achievements of young immigrants who often face significant challenges in their early careers, and to increase awareness of the notable contributions made by foreign-born scholars and artists in the United States.