Peters receives Presidential award for early-career scientists

July 16, 2009
Dr. Riki Peters

Dr. Riki Peters

Ulrike (Riki) Peters, PhD, associate member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash., was named by President Obama in July as one of 100 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Peters, a 1999 alumna of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Master of Public Health program in epidemiology, will join other recipients who will be recognized at a White House ceremony in fall 2009.

Winning scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year research grant to further their study in support of critical government missions.

The awards, established by President Clinton in February 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected on the basis of two criteria: pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and a commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

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UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, director of communications, (919) 966-7467 or ramona_dubose@unc.edu.