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Call for Nominations

Graduate Student Awards for the Lindau Meeting
of Nobel Laureates and Graduate Students in Lindau, Germany

An Open Letter from NHGRI Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.

The Diebsturm tower,featured on the Lindau meeting pages, was built around 1370 as the most westerly point of the old town wall in Lindau
From June 26 - July 1, 2011, about 20 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine and 550 young researchers from around the world will meet at Lindau, Germany, for the Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Graduate Students, to exchange ideas, discuss projects and build international networks. To take part in this meeting, young scientists need to pass a multistep international nomination and selection process based on the selection criteria published by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

The attached letter from the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health has been sent to the most senior officials at universities across the country. It describes this unique and exciting opportunity and provides nomination and application instructions. This opportunity is for a select number of truly outstanding graduate students to attend the Lindau Nobel meeting in Germany this summer.

I encourage you to nominate your best graduate student for this exceptional experience. The timeline is short, so please act promptly so your student can qualify. Nominations are due November 1, 2010.

You can learn more about the Lindau Nobel Meetings at the following Web sites:

This year NHGRI will be participating in this initiative. We feel that graduate students supported by NHGRI, whether under research grants or on training grants, could benefit from participation in this meeting. We enthusiastically support this initiative.

The selection process will be extraordinarily competitive. As specified in the attached letter, each university may nominate only two students per sponsoring agency (NIH, DOE, ORAU, and Mars, Incorporated).

You may nominate students to attend this meeting who:
  • are U.S. citizens currently enrolled at a university as full-time graduate students;
  • have completed by June 2011 at least two years of graduate studies and not more than four years in physiology, medicine, or in a related field, including the basic biomedical (or life) sciences;
  • are supported by and/or working on a project, grant, or fellowship sponsored by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) or the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

See the 2010 Lindau Meeting Participants

We are especially interested in receiving nominations from a diverse group of students, including women, minorities and people with disabilities.

All nominations must be submitted online before Monday, November 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm, Eastern Time. Nominees will be notified by December 1, 2010 whether they have been selected.

For additional information or questions, contact:
Bettie Graham, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Division of Extramural Research

We encourage you to nominate your very best graduate student for this unique honor. Graduate students supported under institutional training grants and on research grants can be nominated.

Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health

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