Boettcher receives 2014 Cottrell Scholar Award

Shannon W. Boettcher, an assistant professor in the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is among 12 U.S. researchers honored with a 2014 Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science and Advancement.

Boettcher, also a member of the UO's Materials Science Institute, was recognized for his efforts to improve materials for solar water-splitting devices and advancing undergraduate research.

He is the third UO researcher to receive the award. Darren Johnson, chemistry and biochemistry, and Richard Taylor, physics, received the honor in 2006 and 2003, respectively.

Boettcher earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the UO in 2003. He joined the UO faculty in 2010 after receiving a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology.

The Cottrell Scholar Awards were instituted in 1994, and are named in honor of Frederick Gardner Cottrell, a scientist, inventor and philanthropist. The awards are presented to early career faculty who are committed to excellence in both research and teaching.

Outstanding early career teacher-scholars at doctorate-granting institutions are accepted into the Cottrell Scholar program following a rigorous peer-review process. Only about 10 percent of those who submit proposals are successful.