The MIT School of Science has announced seven postdocs and research scientists as recipients of the 2023 Infinite Expansion Award. Nominated by their peers and mentors, the awardees are recognized not only for their exceptional science, but for mentoring and advising junior colleagues, supporting educational programs, working with the MIT Postdoctoral Association, or contributing some other way to the Institute.
The 2023 Infinite Expansion award winners in the School of Science are:
- Nat Clarke, a postdoc in the Department of Biology, nominated by Professor Adam Martin;
- Christopher Cueva, a research scientist in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences nominated by assistant professor and McGovern Institute for Brain Research associate investigator Guangyu Robert Yang;
- Michael Fausnaugh, a research scientist in the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, nominated by Senior Research Scientist George Ricker;
- Gareth Izon, a postdoc in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences nominated by Professor Roger Summons;
- Kyle Jenks, a postdoc in the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, nominated by professor and Picower Institute investigator Mriganka Sur;
- Vignesh Palani, a postdoc in the Department of Chemistry, nominated by Assistant Professor Alison Wendlandt; and
- Matheus Victor, a postdoc in the Picower Institute, nominated by professor and Picower Institute director Li-Huei Tsai.
A monetary award is granted to recipients, and a celebratory reception will be held for the winners this spring with family, friends, nominators, and recipients of the Infinite Expansion Award.