The AAAS Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences recipient.
Alison Fout, is a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship (2015), the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, a grant from the National Science Foundation (2014), and the Young Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry (2010). An assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fout’s research focuses on inorganic chemistry, primarily in the field of mechanistic and synthetic organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry where she has made notable discoveries related to energy and water conservation. She has 27 research papers and her recent research reports are published in the journals Chemical Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Organometallics (featured on the cover). Fout received her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2009 from Indiana University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. Her B.S. degree in chemistry is from Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania. She is the co-founder of the Next Generation of Illinois Scientists, a program that develops energy and earth science experiments, following the newly revised State of Illinois Science Standards, for a nearby rural elementary school in an economically disadvantaged area. Fout also serves as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students independently and through the organization, Chemistry Women Mentorship Network.