Dr. Tatiana Trejos was recognized with the "National Award of Technology Clodomiro Picado Twight" from the Costa Rican National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MICIT). In memory of Dr. Picado's outstanding scientific work, since 1977 the Costa Rican MICIT and NAS annually grants the National Award of Science and Technology "Clodomiro Picado Twight" as stimulus and recognition for the prominent scientific and technological work of Costa Rican citizens.
She was selected for her outstanding international contributions in the development, validation, dissemination and standardization of LA-ICP-MS methods for the elemental fingerprinting of materials of forensic interest such as glass, paint, ink, paper and other forensic taggants. The methods developed at the International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) of FIU offer rapid, versatile, discriminating and efficient solutions that currently support forensic investigations and intelligence operations.
Dr. Trejos is one of 7 women that have been granted this award in 40 years. The award has been previously granted in areas of medicine, engineering, chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology but this is the first time that it has been awarded in the area of forensic chemistry.
The prize will be awarded in a formal ceremony in August 2015 by the Costa Rican President and the Ministry of Science and Technology.