Eight young scientists at the start of groundbreaking careers were recognized for their work on Monday.


The 2009 New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists were given to four research faculty and four postdoctoral students from seven institutions. Four faculty members were also named as finalists.


The 12 winners, announced at the Academy’s sixth annual Science & the City Gala, represent 10 institutions in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.


“We are extremely pleased to be able once again to recognize the best young scientists that our area’s academic and research institutions have to offer,” Academy President Ellis Rubinstein said. “We thank the Blavatnik Family Foundation for its generosity and foresight in supporting this important initiative, which has never been more important.”


The awards, established by the Academy and the Blavatnik Family Foundation, recognize scientists and engineers engaged in highly innovative, impactful and interdisciplinary accomplishments in the life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering.

“Developing a strong and steady pipeline of highly trained scientific talent is essential if we are to successfully address the many challenges that face our society and world,” said Len Blavatnik, chairman of Access Industries. “I’m pleased that we are able to provide badly needed support and encouragement to our most promising young scientists.”