Martin Formanek, a former Fulbright scholar and postdoctoral researcher, has been named as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Scholar by the European Union Research Council. The prestigious award is considered as one of the most coveted international honors for young scientists.
Formanek graduated from the Department of Physics at the University of Arizona in the winter of 2020/21 with a thesis "Revisiting Covariant Particle Dynamics" mentored by Prof. Johann Rafelski. Following his graduation, he worked at the Max Plank Institute in Heidelberg from where he moved to Prague. Now, he is set to begin his work as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Scholar from May 1, 2023 at ELI-Beamlines ERIC, a European Research facility where he is developing particle acceleration methods involving ultra high intensity laser pulses.
Formanek's achievement highlights his dedication and excellence in the interdisciplinary field of research involving particles and lasers. As a graduate of the Department of Physics at the University of Arizona, his success serves as a testament to the department's commitment to producing exceptional scholars. The award will undoubtedly serve as a significant milestone in his career, and we congratulate him on his well-deserved recognition.
Congratulations Martin on this most prestigious achievement.