(Mojzsis, Stephen J - 2007) -- Traditional Fulbright Scholarship
Award or Honor Receipt
The work of Professor Mojzsis aims to answer big questions about the origins of life on our planet. Using clues found in the oldest known marine sedimentary rocks, Mojzsis has shown that the Earth’s continents were in existence soon after the planet itself was formed. Prior to this breakthrough, it was commonly believed that Earth was moonlike or covered entirely by oceans in its initial stages. In fact, Mojzsis’ findings support the hypothesis that life could have appeared on Earth as long as 3.8 to 4.5 billion years ago. As a visiting Fulbright scholar in Nancy, France, Mojzsis gathered further insights into the origins of life on Earth by researching preterrestrial zircons—among the oldest existing minerals. Mojzsis and his colleagues have also received funding from NASA’s Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology Department, which supports research into the origin and evolution of life on Earth. Recently, Mojzsis received an ASSETT award for innovative and effective use of technology in the classroom.