Surendranath named CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar

Department of Chemistry
September 6, 2018

Paul M. Cook Career Development Assistant Professor Yogesh Surendranath has been named one of 12 exceptional early career investigators from Canada and four other countries to join the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Azrieli Global Scholars program. The program funds and supports researchers within five years of their first academic position, helping them build research networks and develop essential skills needed to become leaders in global research.

“Young people are the future of research,” said CIFAR President and CEO Alan Bernstein. “CIFAR is exceptionally pleased to provide financial and other support to this phenomenal group of young researchers to advance their leadership and financial skills. Their enthusiasm and energy leads to new ways of thinking that will advance science and create solutions for the challenges facing our world today.”

Members of the program’s 2018 cohort come from Israel, Singapore, the Netherlands, the United States and Canada. Their diverse areas of research interest range from renewable energy to astrophysics, how the microbes that live on and in us influence our health and evolution, and understanding consciousness.

“This is an impressive group,” said Pamela Kanellis, CIFAR’s Senior Director, Research & Global Academy. “We’re excited to be able to provide them with an opportunity to nurture their leadership as early career researchers through this program, and also excited about the contributions they will make to our research programs.”

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars will join close to 400 of the world’s best researchers at CIFAR who are addressing some of the most interesting and important questions facing the world today. Each scholar will receive $100,000 in research support and becomes part of one of CIFAR’s 12 research programs for two years. Global Scholars have the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback from distinguished fellows in their program, contribute to ongoing discussions within the program and forge new research collaborations.

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars also have an opportunity to amplify the outcomes of their research beyond academia by engaging in opportunities to exchange ideas with policy‐makers, business leaders and practitioners.

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program is enabled by the generous support of the Azrieli Foundation, the Love Family Leadership Development Fund, and many other individuals, corporations and foundations.

The new cohort’s term began on July 1, 2018. The next open call for scholars will begin in December 2018.

The Surendranath Lab is focused on addressing global challenges in the areas of chemical catalysis, energy storage and utilization, and environmental stewardship. Fundamental and technological advances in each of these areas require new methods for controlling the selectivity and efficiency of inner-sphere reactions at solid-liquid interfaces. Our strategy emphasizes the bottom-up, molecular-level, engineering of functional inorganic interfaces with a current focus on electrochemical energy conversion.