Graduate student awards for the Lindau meeting of Nobel laureates and Students

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 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. In addition to this valuable interaction, the participants enjoy the picturesque island city of Lindau. This medieval city-rich in central European culture-is located at the eastern end of Lake Constance, just north of the Swiss Alps, at the common border of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Students and young researchers are nominated and selected by several sponsoring agencies and organizations.

Nominated students must be US citizens, full-time graduate students, and have completed, by September 2010, two years (but not more than four years) of study toward a doctoral degree. UW-Madison is limited to one nomination per pathway listed below under Notice of Intent.

Nominations are due at the Graduate School on Monday, September 28; Deadline for internal competition is Monday, October 5.

Notice of intent
Send an email message to with “Nobel Laureate ” in the subject line by Monday, September 28, 2009 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Please include the following in your email message:

  • name of student
  • name of PI
  • category that qualifies student for nomination
    • Student sponsored by or working on projects sponsored by U.S. Dept. of Energy Office of Science
    • Student sponsored by or working on projects sponsored by NSF Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
    • Student sponsored by or working on projects sponsored by NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    • Student working on a Mars, Inc. research grant

Applications for internal competition
Send your application for internal competition to with “Nobel Laureate” in the subject line by Monday, October 5, 2009. Your application for the internal competition should include the following information:

  • name of student
  • name of PI
  • one-page personal resume of the applicant
  • one page letter of reference from the applicant’s advisor
  • an essay of no more than one page written by the applicant describing why participation in the Lindau meeting is important for the applicant’s graduate education

For the projects selected
Nominations are due by Friday, October 30, 2009 at 4 pm EST. Applications must be submitted electronically. Part of the application need to be processed and uploaded by the Graduate School. Please contact Heather Daniels to make arrangements.

Internal Competition Website:

Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students Website:

If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Heather Daniels (608) 263-7274 or Petra Schroeder (608) 265-4868.

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