Congratulations to the Geophysical Laboratory's own Stephen Elardo on receiving NASA's Early Career Fellowship!
The Early Career Fellowship (ECF) program was established to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. This Program is based on the idea that supporting key individuals is a critical mechanism for achieving high impact science that will lead the field forward with new concepts, technologies, methods, and more.
The fellowship is one of NASA's most prestigious early career awards and it comes with $100,000 of laboratory start up funds that Steve can use once he obtains a tenure-track or equivalent permanent position. In addition to it being a very competitive program, it requires the potential fellows to get a grant funded first. Steve recently received word that his NASA Solar System Workings grant was selected for funding!! This made Steve eligible for the Fellowship and NASA selected him to receive it!
Steve's grant is through Towson University and the work will be conducted at the Geophysical Laboratory.
Steve is a postdoctoral associate hailing from the Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico. He is working with Anat Shahar on understanding iron isotope fractionation at high pressure and temperature during planetary differentiation as a way to infer the abundances of light elements in planetary cores. His research interests also include igneous processes in the planetary settings, with an emphasis on the differentiation of the Moon, early crust building processes in the lunar crust, and the thermal and magmatic evolution of the lunar mantle.