The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 20 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards annually to scientists and scholars who are not only internationally renowned in their fields, but also expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements that will have a seminal influence on their disciplines beyond their immediate field of work. Each winner receives a stipend of 45,000 Euros (approximately $50,000).
"The Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize is a prestigious and meaningful affirmation of Professor Songi Han's innovative research on nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy," said UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang. "This prize affords a proud recognition and exciting opportunity to advance her research by working in collaboration with prominent colleagues in Germany. Professor Han's contributions are a mark of pride for our campus, and I look forward to cheering for her as the impact of her research continues to grow."