Alison Fout joined the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University in 2004 to pursue a PhD in inorganic chemistry. Alison studied under the direction of Professor Daniel Mindiola. During her graduate career Alison received numerous awards and fellowships including: GAANN Fellow, E. Campaigne C500 Award, College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award, Bernice Eastwood Covalt Memorial Scholarship, College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Year Research Fellowship, and the Felix Haurowitz Award. Upon completing her doctorate degree Alison accepted a postdoctoral position at Harvard University. In 2012 Alison accepted an assistant professor position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she currently runs an active research group focused on synthetic inorganic chemistry. Alison is a Sloan Fellow, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar and has been the recipient of an NSF Early CAREER award as well as a DOE early career award.