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ORAU sponsors leading students, researchers at Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Top students and Ph.D. researchers in math, computer science convened with Laureates in Heidelberg, Germany

Oct. 3, 2017

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU and the National Science Foundation sponsored 21 top U.S. students and postdoctoral researchers in the fields of mathematics and computer science at the 2017 Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Heidelberg, Germany.

Similar to the Lindau Laureate Meetings for Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences, students and postdoctoral researchers attended the week-long Heidelberg Forum to network with Laureates in their STEM fields, as well as with international colleagues. Laureates who are invited to attend the meeting are recipients of the Abel Prize, the Fields Medal (including the Nevanlinna Prize for contributions in “Mathematical Aspects of Information Science”), the ACM A.M. Turing Award and the ACM Prize in Computing.

“The Heidelberg Forum allows young researchers to exchange ideas with experts and colleagues in math and computer science disciplines about what the future holds in their fields,” said Michelle Goodson, who manages the program for ORAU. “During the week, students and researchers get the invaluable opportunity to network with STEM leaders, which will continue to inspire them as they pursue STEM careers.”

Approximately 200 students and early-career researchers participated in the forum this year. Throughout the week, students attended formal lectures presented by the Laureates, and the remainder of their time was spent in workshops networking with mathematicians and computer scientists from around the world.

“The Laureates were warm and actively engaged with young researchers on a whole range of subjects—everything from career and research advice to philosophizing about the key questions in the fields they created,” said Sam Gutekunst from Cornell University. “The young researchers were equally interesting to engage with and quickly became an international network of new friends and potential collaborators.”

For more information regarding the Fifth Annual Heidelberg Laureates Forum, visit the Heidelberg Laureate Forum website.

The 21 students and postdoctoral researchers are:

Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2017 Participants
Student Name University Name Academic Level
Pavel Avdeev The George Washington University Graduate Student
Leilani Battle Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate PhD
Hari Cherupalli University of Minnesota Graduate PhD
Anwesha Das North Carolina State University Graduate Student
Travis Dick Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Student
Soteris Demetriou University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign Graduate PhD
Matthew Fahrbach Georgia Institute of Technology Graduate Student
Chuchu Fan University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign Graduate PhD
Samuel Gutekunst Cornell University Graduate Student
Furong Huang Microsoft Research New York City Postdoc
Yipeng Huang Columbia University Graduate PhD
Michelle Ichino Washington University in St. Louis Graduate Student
Sujay Kumar Jauhar Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Student
Sookyung Kim Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Postdoc
Shangyu Luo Rice University Graduate Student
Fred Morstatter Arizona State University Graduate Student
Samantha Petti Georgia Institute of Technology Graduate Student
Arti Ramesh Binghamton University Postdoc
Mark Santolucito Yale University Graduate Student
Eric Stachura Haverford College Postdoc
Scott Workman University of Kentucky Graduate Student

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