Nellie Yeh-Poh Lin Whetten Memorial Award

Nellie Yeh-Poh Lin Whetten
Nellie Yeh-Poh Lin Whetten

This award is given in fond memory of Nellie Whetten, a CNF staff member from 1984 to 1987 who died March 24, 1989. This award recognizes outstanding young women in science and engineering whose research was conducted in the CNF, and whose work and professional lives exemplify Nellie's commitment to scientific excellence, interdisciplinary collaboration, professional and personal courtesy and exuberance for life.

In the words of her husband, Dr. Timothy Whetten, "The award should remind us to find out what it is like for people different from us to live and work in the same community. For men, to try to appreciate what it is like to be a woman scientist. For Caucasians, to try to feel what it is to be Asian or Black. For members of racial minorities and women, to try to understand what it is like to be a white male. And finally, the award should stimulate each of us to reach out and encourage women scientists who, like Nellie have the brilliance, stubbornness, and cheerfulness to succeed."

CNF Whetten Memorial Award Recipients:

1989
Susanne C. Arney
1989
Sophie Verdonckt-Vandebroek
1990
Ruby Nandini Ghosh
1991
Jo Allyson McMillan
1993
Elizabeth C. Carr
1993
Z. Lisa Zhang
1994
Julie Nucci
1996
Gina Christenson
1997
Kimberly Turner
1999
Andrea Turner
2000
Lu Chen
2001
Cindy Harnett
2002
Mihaela Balseanu
2003
Jamie Meteer
2003
Helena Silva
2004
Wageesha Senaratne
2005
Xi Chen
2005
Vera Sazonova
2006
Jamie Cohen
2007
Sharon Gerbode
2008
Clarissa Lui
2009
Mekala Krishnan
2010
Ching-Ping Janet Shen
2010
Christine Tan
2011
Melina Blees
2011
Jonilyn Longenecker
2012
Samantha Roberts
2013
Carol Newby
2014
Andrea Katz
2014
Nini Munoz
2015
Kathryn McGill
2016
E. Rose Agger
2017
Chengyu Liu
2017
Melanie Roberts
2018
Samantha Norris
2019
Taylor Oeschger