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1999 Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award

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

Nominations are due by September 8, 1999

1999 Winner Announced

The Foresight Distinguished Student Award was won by Anita Goel, an MD/PhD candidate at the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and also a PhD candidate at Harvard's Physics Department. Ms. Goel was selected for her work on using optical and magnetic "tweezers" to probe the real-time single molecule dynamics of motor enzymes "dancing on DNA."

Accepting Nominations for the 1999 Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award

$1500 grant

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student award provides a $1500 grant to 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 1999 Foresight Institute Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, held on October 15 -17 in Santa Clara, California. The winner will be selected by Neil Jacobstein, Chairman of the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, with consultation from the Foresight Board of Directors.

Nominations due by September 8th

Please send in your nominations to the Foresight Institute to arrive by September 8th. 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:

1999 Distinguished Student Award
Foresight Institute
PO Box 61058
Palo Alto, CA 94306 USA
Voice: 650-917-1122
Fax: 650-917-1123

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

The winner will be selected by September 23, to allow time to make arrangements to attend the 1999 Conference.

The award, provided this year through the generosity of entrepreneur Jim Von Ehr of Zyvex LLC., and Ravi Pandya of IECommerce Inc., 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.

The Seventh Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology is scheduled for October 15 -17 in Santa Clara, CA. The keynote speaker will be Professor John Polanyi of the University of Toronto, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award institutionalizes the first grant made in 1996 by Foresight to John M. Michelsen, a University of California at Irvine chemistry student. Michelsen's work, "Atomically Precise, 3D Organic Nanofabrication: Reactive Lattice Subunit Design for Inverse AFM/STM Positioning," is described on the World Wide Web at

Nanotechnology is an emerging technology based on the ability to assemble individual molecules and atoms into precise structures. Its realization will allow the construction of supercomputers the size of a sugar cube, pollution-free manufacturing, super-strength materials, and molecular-scale robots capable of repairing damage in individual human cells. More than one billion such nanorobots could fit inside a single drop of blood.

Foresight Institute is a not-for-profit corporation whose goal is to guide emerging technologies to improve the human condition. Foresight focuses its efforts upon nanotechnology and upon systems that will enhance knowledge exchange and critical discussion, thus improving public and private policy decisions.

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