University of Glasgow: UofG Researchers Win National L’Oreal-UNESCO Rising Talent Awards

Two University of Glasgow researchers have been named among the six winners of the 2022 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK and Ireland Rising Talents Awards.

Dr Rachel Montgomery, an experimental nuclear physicist in the School of Physics & Astronomy, and Dr Christina Faust, a landscape disease ecologist in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, received their awards at a reception hosted in the House of Commons in London on Tuesday 24thMay.

The award includes a £15,000 Fellowship to support a 12-month period of research.

The UK and Ireland Rising Talents Programme is the national chapter of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science partnership, which was founded in 1998. It is designed to provide flexible and practical financial support, alongside tools and support, for early career women scientists to pursue their research.

The awards are presented to outstanding women postdoctoral scientists in the fields of physical science, engineering, mathematics and computing, life science and sustainable development.

Dr Faust obtained a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University in 2016 and has conducted postdoctoral research on the environmental drivers of zoonotic disease at Oxford University, Montana State University and Penn State University. She is currently a NERC Independent Research Fellow and is supported by a University of Glasgow Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Leadership Fellowship.