Christina Payne, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky, has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.
Established in 1996, the PECASE acknowledges the contributions scientists and engineers have made to the advancement of science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM) education and to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education and community outreach. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy coordinates the PECASE with participating departments and agencies.
Payne is a former associate professor in the University of Kentucky Research Foundation, and is currently a program director at the National Science Foundation. She received an NSF CAREER Award in 2016.