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Chemistry student mingles with Nobel laureates

Derrick Mott, a graduate student in chemistry, was selected as one of 25 outstanding research participants by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to attend the 55th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany, last month. Nobel laureates in chemistry, physics and physiology/medicine have been meeting with promising young researchers since 1951. Traditionally, the meetings have rotated by discipline each year, but this year’s meeting was multidisciplinary. The Nobel Prize winners lecture each day, but also preside over informal sessions exclusively for students.

“The once-in-a-lifetime experiences that these new scientists had at this meeting with Nobel Laureates will help them as they go on to make the discoveries that will continue to advance United States science,” said Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, director of the Department of Energy Office of Science. “Not only will we benefit from their discoveries and innovations, but so will generations to come.”

Mott and his fellow NSF participants joined 36 others from the U. S. and more than 700 international students at the meeting. The first student from Binghamton to be selected to attend, Mott is continuing exploration of novel nanostructured materials in NSF-funded projects.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08