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Physics Researcher Wins L'oreal Women in Science Award

May 2, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Lisa Everett, a University of Florida postdoctoral associate in the Department of Physics, has been named a 2005 recipient of a Women in Science Award from L’Oréal USA in support of her research in theoretical physics. The annual program, in its second year, identifies and rewards 15 exceptional female postdoctoral researchers from across the world with career developing grants. Everett is one of five U.S. women to receive a $20,000 grant this year in support of her scientific pursuits.

Everett, who received her doctorate in physics in 1998 from the University of Pennsylvania, is working with UF Physics Professor Pierre Ramond in high energy theoretical physics, which aims to understand the basic building blocks of the universe. By colliding subatomic particles together at very high energies, physicists hope to reach a better understanding of the physical world at the fundamental level. “Lisa and I are working on elucidating the properties of elusive particles called neutrinos, which played an essential role in the early history of the universe,” said Ramond. “Lisa is a very intuitive theoretical physicist, and she has been an excellent postdoc.”

Everett was honored at a special ceremony on April 12 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Before coming to UF, she completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Michigan and the European Laboratory for Nuclear Research. The 2005-2006 academic year will be her third and final year at UF, after which she will begin seeking a tenure-track faculty position.

“I am very happy and proud to be a part of the L'Oreal program in support of women in science,” Everett said. “I plan to use this grant to travel to international meetings, visit collaborators at other universities and national laboratories, and invite other physicists in the field to visit UF. As a senior-level postdoc aiming to make the transition to a faculty position in the near future, this fellowship provides me with additional scientific freedom and opportunities which I plan to utilize to its full extent.”


Lisa Everett, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics
(352) 392-5712 or 359-2462,
Writer: Buffy Lockette, CLAS News and Publications

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