CEMS alumnus Lucas Caretta awarded prestigious fellowships

July 14, 2020 - Lucas Caretta (MSE ’13) has been awarded two postdoctoral fellowship awards, a 2020 Ford Foundation Fellowship and the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, to support his research in the Ramamoorthy Ramesh Lab at UC-Berkeley, where his research combines state-of-the-art materials synthesis with a variety of novel space- and time-resolved optical and electrical probes to uncover and manipulate emergent phenomena in magnetic thin film heterostructures.

Among the 132 total scholars awarded fellowships in the 2020 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs, only 24 were selected in the postdoctoral competition out of nearly 1000 applicants. Caretta was the only recipient awarded in the discipline of materials science. The fellowship awards are administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The programs seek to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Caretta is also the only postdoctoral associate with a materials science research focus among the 42 total recipients in the current class of Fellows in the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The Program awards approximately 25 postdoctoral fellowships annually in all fields for research conducted under faculty sponsorship on any one of the University of California's ten campuses. The 2020 annual award provides a salary starting at approximately $53,460 depending on field and experience, $5,000 for research and professional development, and several hiring incentives for future tenure-track faculty employment.


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