Research Management Group (RMG)

Graduate Student Awards for the Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany
Ph.D. Programs in Biosciences*-Request for Nominations

This webpage contains the request for nominations of graduate students in Ph.D. programs in medicine or physiology or in a related fields (see eligibility) and the internal nomination/selection process for the limited program, Graduate Student Awards for the Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany.

*Request for nominations: one nomination requested from each of these Bioscience and Related Ph.D. programs (per the internal nomination/selection process guidelines below)

Sponsor's overview website:


Internal nomination** deadline: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 4 p.m. (see the internal selection process below)
**Only one nomination from EACH Bioscience Ph.D. program (including Bioengineering, Biology, Biophysics, and Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine) is permitted.
Sponsor's Nomination deadline (for the two finalists selected): November 1, 2013, 4 p.m. ET


The 2014 meeting of Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates will be held June 29 - July 4, 2014. It is anticipated that some 550 students from more than 70 countries will attend the weeklong meeting in 2014. There are formal lectures in the morning, and the remainder of the day is set aside for the students to meet informally with the Nobel Laureate scientists, as well as with their fellow students from around the world. In 2014, the meeting will feature recipients of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.

In the past, these awards have been sponsored by federal agencies (DoE, NSF) and ORAU and Mars, Inc. However, this year there will not be any support from federal agencies, only ORAU and Mars, Inc.*.

# of Stanford nominations: *Because Stanford University is not an ORAU institution, we will only be submitting two nominations to Mars, Inc., for consideration (see the internal selection process guidelines below)


To be nominated to participate in this program, a student must:

What is awarded:
Transportation, lodging and registration expenses are arranged and paid for by Mars, Inc.. Participants meet in Washington, D.C., for an orientation meeting and travel as a group to Germany. During the meeting, the Laureates lecture on the topics of their choice related to medicine and physiology and related biological sciences in the mornings and participate in less formal small group discussions with the students in the afternoons and some evenings. Selected students will be committed to travel from June 25 or 26, 2014 through July 5 or 6, 2014 - the final dates are still to be determined.

Stanford Internal Selection Process Guidelines

NOTE: Each Bioscience Ph.D. and related programs (including Bioengineering, Biology, and Biophysics, and Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine)* may submit ONE nomination. (Please have the program administrator, not the student, submit the nomination packet)

Programs include: Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biomedical Informatics, Biophysics, Cancer Biology, Chemical & Systems Biology, Development Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Neurosciences, Structural Biology, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and related Ph.D. programs.

By Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 4 p.m., each of the above Bioscience Ph.D. and other specified programs* can submit one nomination packet (a PDF file) containing the following in the order list below) to:

Jeanne Heschele
Research Management Group

File name: Last name_Lindau_Graduate_Award.pdf

1) Title page:
Title of this RFA: Graduate Student Awards for the Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany
Nominee: Name, Ph.D. Program, contact information, email
Sponsorship of student's current research project [give just the name(s) of the funding source**: i.e., NIH, NSF, other external funding source]
Faculty advisor: Name, faculty appointment, department, contact information (address, email, phone number)
[**the name(s)funding source is required on the nomination form if the candidate is selected as one of our two nominees]

2) a two-page personal resume (CV***) of the student being nominated
***FORMAT: use the CV format provided by the sponsor. Download the PDF file >> PDF file

3) a one-page letter of recommendation from the student's advisor/mentor
(note: please address this criteria: "The Lindau Meeting criteria states that graduate students must show a genuine interest in science and research; show a strong commitment to their principal field of studies and to interdisciplinary work; have a strong letter of recommendation; be in the top of their class; show excellent academic accomplishments; and have produced some very good research work")

4) a one-page essay written by the student describing why participating in the Lindau meeting would be important for the student's graduate education.

Selection process
Phase I: The School of Medicine Awards committee will select the two nominees to represent Stanford. Patricia J. Gumport, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, will submit information on the two nominees to Mars, Inc., one of the two sponsors of the Graduate Student Awards for the Lindau Meeting, per the instructions on this webpage >> (note: this URL is provided for your reference only)"

Phase II: The sponsor, Mars, Incorporated, picks a total of up to 15 students maximum from their applicant pools for nomination to the Lindau Meeting. All students selected in Phase Two will be fully sponsored to attend the Lindau Meeting if selected in Phase Three.

Phase Three: The Lindau Meeting screens all applicants and makes the final selection of students. Notification of the final selections in Phase III is anticipated in March 2014.


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