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2003 Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award

for the college undergraduate or graduate student
whose work in nanotechnology is deemed most notable

Nominations were due by August 8, 2003

2003 Winner Announced

Physics graduate student Ahmet Yildiz of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has won the 2003 Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award, which recognizes the college graduate or undergraduate student whose work is deemed most notable in advancing the development and understanding of molecular nanotechnology. The award was presented at the Feynman Awards Banquet during the 2003 Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, held October 10-12, 2003, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame, California.

Yildiz, who was nominated by his thesis advisor, Professor Paul Selvin, was recognized for his work in unraveling the motion of the molecular motor myosin V, which will be useful in the design of artificial molecular motors. The Distinguished Student Award recognizes the college graduate or undergraduate student whose work is deemed most notable in advancing the development and understanding of molecular nanotechnology.

Special thanks to James Ellenbogen, Ravi Pandya, and Jim Von Ehr for underwriting the award this year.

2003 Finalists Announced

The following four students have been named Finalists for the 2003 Foresight Distinguished Student Award:

Nominations for the 2003 Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student award recognizes the college graduate or undergraduate student whose work is deemed most notable in advancing the development and understanding of nanotechnology. The award will be presented at the 2003 Foresight Institute Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, to be held October 10-12, 2003, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame, California.

The award recipient must accept in person at the Feynman Awards Banquet at the Conference. The winner will receive complimentary full registration including tutorial and banquet, coach airfare and up to 3 nights hotel (arranged by Foresight Institute, Sat. night stay required), $250 cash to cover additional expenses, and the physical award.

Nominations are due by August 8, 2003

Please send in your nominations to the Foresight Institute to arrive by August 8, 2003. Nominations should include name, educational institution, mailing address, telephone number, and email address of the nominee, as well as a paper, electronic, or web document URL describing the work for which the student is being nominated. If you are nominating someone else, please include your own contact information as well. Nominations should be sent to:

2003 Distinguished Student Award
Foresight Institute
PO Box 61058
Palo Alto, CA 94306 USA
Voice: 650-917-1122
Fax: 650-917-1123
Email: foresight@foresight.org
Web: http://www.foresight.org

Email is strongly preferred for all entries. Any enclosures should be in the form of ASCII text, a Microsoft Word document, PDF, or preferably a URL to a Web page.

The winner will be selected in time to make arrangements to attend the 2003 Conference. He or she must be a full-time student at the time of the presentation.

The award is intended primarily to enable the winning student to attend Foresight Institute's Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, which is held annually to bring together leaders in nanotechnology research.

Relevant Research Areas

Research areas considered relevant to molecular nanotechnology and molecular manufacturing include but are not limited to:

  • biomolecular machinery
  • computational chemistry
  • supramolecular chemistry
  • mechanosynthesis
  • molecular machines
  • scanning probes
  • nanomaterials
  • self-assembly

Special consideration will be given to submissions clearly leading toward the construction of a general-purpose molecular assembler. Applicants wishing further information on the field of the prize are referred to the book Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation (Wiley Interscience, 1992).

Distinguished Student Award Established in 1997

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award was established in 1997 and institutionalizes the first grant made in 1996 by Foresight to John M. Michelsen, a University of California at Irvine chemistry student.

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