Our 2015 Selection Process

Selecting the Talented 12 and putting together this package took months of effort. We called upon a diverse panel of esteemed advisers to recommend nominees. We asked that nominees be chemical scientists who are under the age of 42, are on the verge of becoming leaders, and are challenging the conventional wisdom in their fields. We also sifted through past nominees for the Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry, a national prize given each year to an outstanding graduate student by the American Chemical Society. Then we researched our pool of candidates, interviewed their colleagues, and finally, chose our finalists during an intense evaluation session.

When we set out to identify our Talented 12, we envisioned finding inspiring young chemical scientists from all walks of life. These would be people from diverse backgrounds, fields of research, and types of laboratories across the globe who are trying to make a difference in the world of science. We will strive to make this annual list as diverse as possible. We welcome your comments and nominations for 2016.

Talented 12 Contributors

Profile illustrations by Rick C. Smith
Site and page design by Tchad Blair and Robert Bryson
Profiles written by Melody Bomgardner, Matthew Davenport, Sarah Everts, Bethany Halford, Lisa Jarvis, and Jessica Morrison
Get To Know The T12 Quiz by Jessica Morrison
T12 Chemical Roots map by Ty Finocchiaro and Yang Ku
Editing and project oversight by Lisa Jarvis and Lauren K. Wolf