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2009 Competition

Sandoz Family Foundation-Monique de Meuron Program
for the Encouragement of Up-and-Coming Academics

2009 Competition – Earth and Environmental Sciences

Press Release

Lausanne, 29 January 2010. The 2009 competition of the Sandoz Family Foundation-Monique de Meuron Program for Furthering Up-and-Coming Academics was devoted to the earth and environmental sciences. The three universities of Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel submitted projects and candidates. The candidacies were considered by an international jury and the candidates themselves were auditioned. The candidate and the project presented by the University of Lausanne were selected.

The winner is Mrs. Jasquelin Peña, presently working at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research is devoted to the chemical processes involved in water pollution due to heavy metals and organic micropollutants. Cooperation is to be established with the Swiss Federal College of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), in particular in environmental engineering. Classes common to both institutions (UNIL and EPFL) are planned.

Mrs. Jasquelin Peña’s candidacy is of exceptional quality. She is very young and as an ambitious and dynamic researcher she has shown potential which the jury members considered outstanding, as evidenced by her many publications, despite her young age, and her particularly engaging personality.

Since its creation in 1999, the Sandoz Family Foundation-Monique de Meuron Program for the Encouragement of Up-and-Coming Academics has benefited 11 assistant professors, most of whom are now full professors at Swiss universities. The program will continue in the coming years.

For further information, contact Prof. Pierre Ducrey, University of Lausanne, tel. 021 692 30 41, e-mail: pierre.ducrey(at)unil.ch