Assistant Professor of Biology Yingcui Li is this year’s recipient of the Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize. She received word of the honor when University President Gregory Woodward and Provost Fred Sweitzer interrupted her developmental biology class on Thursday, April 5, to offer their congratulations for the prestigious prize.
After the class broke out in applause, a genuinely surprised Li thanked Woodward and Sweitzer, and expressed appreciation for her students, who she says give her the power and energy to get her going. Watch a video of the surprise announcement:
Li will receive the prize, which recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative activity, and service, at the May Commencement ceremony. It includes a $10,000 award for further enhancement of an existing scholarly project, a new investigation, and/or support of her professional development goals.
The annual prize, together with an endowed chair for junior faculty, was established through a generous gift from Belle K. Ribicoff, a long-time supporter and life regent of the University. Each year, the prize recognizes an outstanding junior faculty member—one who is in a tenure track position, but not yet tenured.