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Brenda Schulman, PhD, has joined an elite group of the country’s most promising early-career scientists and engineers. The structural biologist received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Bush Monday, June 13. She was one of 58 researchers to receive the honor at a Washington, D.C. ceremony.
“This is a tremendous honor,” said Schulman, of Structural Biology and Genetics and Tumor Cell Biology. “It is a real vote of confidence for my research program to be considered alongside such a distinguished group of diverse scientists that includes oceanographers, physicists, computer scientists and food scientists. It was a truly inspiring experience.”
Established in 1996, PECASE represents the highest honor that a young scientist or engineer can receive in the United States. Eight federal departments and agencies annually nominate beginning scientists and engineers whose work shows great promise for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Participating agencies award these researchers up to five years of funding to further their work in support of critical government missions. Schulman was nominated by the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health.
“The PECASE award is a marvelous recognition of Dr. Schulman’s research accomplishments and the Structural Biology program that she has helped to establish at St. Jude,” said Stephen White, DPhil, Structural Biology chair. “Since arriving at St. Jude in 2001, Dr. Schulman has quickly become an internationally recognized leader in her field. St. Jude is fortunate indeed to have such a talented young scientist on its faculty.”
In a letter to Schulman, John Marburger III, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wrote, “You will help to shape the future through your discoveries and intellectual leadership. Your nation applauds your accomplishments.”
In March, Schulman was selected to be a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. She has also received a Pew Scholar for Biomedical Sciences and earned a Beckman Young Investigator Award.
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Last update: July 2005