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Top graduate students from U.S. convene with Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany

Twenty-nine of the top graduate student researchers were chosen to attend the 5th Lindau Meeting in Economic Sciences in Lindau, Germany.

August 27, 2014

OAK RIDGE, Tenn— Twenty-nine outstanding graduate research students have been selected to attend the 5th Lindau Meeting in Economic Sciences in Lindau, Germany. Held Aug. 19-23, the meeting affords students the opportunity to participate in economics lectures and discussions with Nobel Laureates from around the world. These students are being sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Mars, Incorporated, and ORAU.

The meeting, which welcomes winners of the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel, adds to the tradition of the annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates in natural sciences, which began in 1951. The main objective of the Lindau Meeting in Economic Sciences is to provide an opportunity for personal interaction among Nobel Prize winners and young researchers. In Sept. 2004, the first bi-annual Lindau Meeting in Economic Sciences was attended by nearly 200 students. More than 400 young researchers from 40 different countries are expected to participate in this year’s event.

Each morning, Laureates will lecture on a topic of their choice related to economics and then preside over informal roundtable sessions exclusively for students in the afternoons. During lunches and dinners, Laureates will join participants at local restaurants for additional discussions.

The sponsored students selected to attend the meeting are as follows:

Name Institution
Melissa Lynes Kansas State University
Nina Lauharatanahirun Virginia Tech
Bryan Leonard University of California, Santa Barbara
Niveditha Prabakaran University of Virginia
Ying Shi Duke University
Scott Bokemper Stony Brook University
Anastasia Burkovskaya University of California, Los Angeles
Matthew Chao California Institute of Technology
Alice Crisp Florida State University
Rui Fan University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Alex Hollingsworth University of Arizona
Naijing Huang Boston College
Andrew Keinsley University of Kansas
David Klinowski University of Pittsburgh
Kavan Kucko Boston University
Stephanie Lo Harvard University
Bin Peng Syracuse University
Kevin Rinz University of Notre Dame
Benjamin Roth Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lauren Scarpati University of Southern California
Ilton Soares Columbia University
Matthew Wilson University of Oregon
Thomas Zylkin Drexel University
Sarah Komisarow University of Chicago
Jeffrey Peters Purdue University
Robert Kulick University of Maryland
Robert White Florida State University
Robert Lester University of Notre Dame
Kaitlyn Wolf West Virginia University

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2014, its budget is $7.2 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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