Lindau Award 2013

The Lindau Award supports exceptional doctoral student researchers to attend the annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates in scenic Lindau, Germany each June. This year’s meeting (to be held June 30-July 5, 2013) will focus on Chemistry and Chemistry-related fields, and Drexel has again been invited to nominate students. We are looking for your help to identify candidates.

Last year, Eric Davis, Chemical Engineering PhD student, was selected to attend the 2012 meeting focused on Physics.  The year before, Greg Botta, Drexel MD/PhD candidate, received the Lindau for the Medicine/Physiology meeting. Two years earlier, Jessica Shiffman (Materials Engineering) and Erica Caden (Physics) were able to attend that year’s meeting. Each time, students have come back enthusiastic and energized by the unique experience. We’d love to continue this exciting tradition for our students.

At the meeting, Laureates lecture on the topic of their choice in the mornings and participate in less formal, small-group discussions with the students in the afternoons and some evenings. For a sense of what the meeting is about and the what the experience is like for graduate students, take a look at this short but lively video. You can also read about Eric Davis’ Lindau experience here.


Interested students must be nominated by Drexel and must be supported (either directly or by working on a project, grant, or fellowship supported by) one of the following sponsoring agencies:

* National Institutes of Health (NIH), NCI, NIAAA, NIDCR, NIEHS, or NIGMS divisions (up to 2 nominees);
* Department of Energy (DoE) Office of Science (up to 2 nominees);
* National Science Foundation (NSF), Directorate for Mathematical Science (NSF-MSP) (up to 2 nominees);
* Other public or private sources (MARS ‘track’, up to 2 nominees).

In addition, candidates must have at least two years of FT doctoral study by June 2012, be actively involved in research, but not planning a defense before Dec 31, 2013.  They must also be US Citizens.

To apply, interested students should complete an internal application by noon on Tuesday November 27th and send that to Rona Buchalter ( Application (for both internal nomination and national consideration) consists of:

  • a one-page personal resume of the nominee,
  • a one page letter of reference from the nominee’s advisor,
  • 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

A maximum of eight nominees, 2 each in the above categories, will be selected by the University Nominating Committee by that Friday, November 30th.  Ms. Buchalter will then be available to work with nominees on revisions prior to the Lindau deadline of  December 14th, 2012.

Lindau Nominating Committee

John Di Nardo, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Teck-Kah Lim, Associate Vice Provost Graduate Studies
Rona Buchalter, Director of Drexel Fellowships Office