ANNOUNCEMENT from Research News:
Graduate Student Awards to Attend the 62nd Annual Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany, July 1 – July 6, 2012
Internal WU Deadline: 12:00 NOON CST, ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011
Since 1951, Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics, and physiology/medicine convene annually in Lindau, Germany, to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers.
The 2012 meeting will be held July 1 – July 6, 2012 and will focus on physics. Meeting details are becoming available (http://www.lindau-nobel.org/WebHome.AxCMS). A list of the Nobel Laureates who will attend the 62nd Meeting will be available when the announcement is made.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Science Division and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU http://www.orau.org/ ) are honored to have been invited to bring groups of top young researchers to the 2012 meeting. The U.S. delegation consists of U.S. doctoral students whose current research at their universities is funded by one of the sponsoring agencies (DOE or NSF), Mars, Inc. who sponsors students under separate eligibility criteria or who attend an ORAU member institution. These students will travel to Lindau to participate in discussions with the Nobel Laureates, as well as other graduate students and junior researchers from around the world.
Transportation, lodging and registration expenses are arranged and paid for by the sponsoring agencies. Participants meet in Washington, D.C., for an orientation meeting and travel as a group to Germany. A student awardee will be committed to travel from June 27 or 28, 2012 until July 7 or 8, 2012. The final dates will be determined at a later date.
During the meeting, the Laureates lecture on the topics of their choice related to physics in the mornings and participate in less formal small group discussions with the students in the afternoons and some evenings. In addition to this valuable interaction, the participants enjoy the picturesque island city of Lindau, which is located at the eastern end of Lake Constance, just north of the Swiss Alps. Located at the common border of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, the medieval city is rich in central European culture (http://www.orau.org/lindau/about/overview.shtml).
The program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for DOE and NSF http://orise.orau.gov/.
Washington University has been asked to nominate eight candidates, two for each of the following agencies: DOE, NSF, ORAU, and MARS. Nominees with at least two years of graduate studies and no scheduled PhD defense before December 31, 2012 are eligible. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2011. A nomination should be initiated by the student’s research mentor to Dr. Kharasch per the directions below. All forms are available at http://www.orau.org/lindau/.
There are four pathways for nominations:
- Department of Energy (DOE): For students who meet the general eligibility criteria and who are sponsored by and/or working on a project, grant, or fellowship sponsored by the U.S. DOE Office of Science (DOE-SC).
- National Science Foundation (NSF): For students who meet the general eligibility criteria and who are sponsored by and/or working on a project, grant, or fellowship sponsored by National Science Foundation Directorate for Mathematical Science Division (NSF-MPS).
- Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU): For students who meet the general eligibility criteria and are attending ORAU member institutions.
- Mars, Inc.: For students who meet the general eligibility criteria regardless of funding source
A student nominated to participate in this program must:
- Be a U.S. citizen;
- Be currently enrolled as a full-time graduate student;
- Be actively involved in a research project. Each sponsor has different requirements. DOE-SC and NSF-MPS require that your research and/or fellowship be funded by their specific offices. ORAU and Mars, Inc. require applicants to be an active researcher who is performing research funded by public or private sources; and
- Have completed by June 2012 at least two years of study toward a doctoral degree in physics or in a related discipline, but not planning a dissertation/thesis defense before December 31, 2012.
- Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2011
A completed nomination consists of:
- a completed nomination form
- a one-page personal resume of the nominee
- a one page letter of reference from the nominee’s advisor and
- an essay of no more than one page written by the nominee describing why participation in the Lindau meeting is important for the nominee’s graduate education.
ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED TO DENNETTM@WUSM.WUSTL.EDU BY 12:00 NOON CST, ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011.
Application and instructions can be found at http://www.orau.org/lindau/apply/process.shtml
The student’s mentor should transmit the nomination form and other required documents electronically to Evan D. Kharasch, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Research via firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00 Noon, Central Standard Time, on Friday, October 28, 2011, for consideration. The institutions’ review panel will review the nominations and choose the 8 candidates to be recommended. The institutions’ nominations are then submitted by the Vice Chancellor for Research (not by the student’s mentor) to the official submission site by 4:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. All components of the application MUST be merged into a single PDF file for upload to the online nomination application. The PDF file cannot be larger than 10 MB.
All official institutional nomination packages must be submitted by Washington University by 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.
Students being recommended to the Council for the Lindau Meeting for this program will be notified by December 31, 2011 using the contact information provided in section B on the nomination form.