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Sean Elliott wins NSF CAREER Award

Sean Elliott won a CAREER Award from NSF for creative integration of research and education in chemistry.

Assistant professor of chemistry Sean Elliott has a formula for success, recognized by the NSF. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

The National Science Foundation honored CAS assistant professor of chemistry Sean Elliott for his research on biological electron transfer, with the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, a five year grant that will give Elliott the opportunity to further develop a course curriculum that highlights the intersection of chemistry and biology.

CAREER awards are presented by the NSF to teacher-scholars who are “most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century,” according to a release. “Awardees are selected on the basis of creative plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context o fthe mission of their organization.”

Elliott’s work in biological electron transfer examines how organisms convert chemicals into useful energy. The grant will also support Elliott’s study about series of cytochromes, iron-containing proteins. “This is very exciting news,” says Elliott, who joined Boston University faculty in 2002. Elliott majored in Chemistry and English at Amherst College, and completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at Caltech in 2000. He has also done post-doctoral work at the University of Oxford. “In particular, I’m most proud as it reflects the success of my graduate and undergraduate students in the lab as well as in the classroom.”