The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences today announced that Associate Dean of Polymer Science Matthew Becker has been named a finalist for the 2017 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. The Blavatnik Awards select the most promising scientific researchers aged 42 years and younger at the top academic and research institutions in the U.S. These finalists then become eligible to win the nation’s largest unrestricted awards of their kind for early-career scientists and engineers.

Matthew Becker is the only scientist at an Ohio college or university named as a finalist for the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.

“I am humbled to be listed among this distinguished group of researchers,” said Becker. “This recognition is certainly a reflection on the hard work of my research group and the opportunities afforded me here at The University of Akron.”

Becker is the only scientist at an Ohio college or university named as a finalist. Other finalists hail from institutions including Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of Chicago.

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