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2001 Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award

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

Nominations were due by September 7, 2001

2001 Winner Announced

The Foresight Distinguished Student Award was won by Jing Kong, presently a PhD candidate in Chemistry at Stanford. In making the award on Saturday night, Nov. 10, 2001, Neil Jacobstein, Chairman of the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, made these comments:

The Distinguished Student Award keeps getting more competitive every year. If you ever had any doubt about the United States getting the best and the brightest graduate students from all over the world, our Distinguished Student Award winner tonight will help convince you. Jing Kong has a BS in Chemistry from Beijing University. She is presently a PhD candidate in Chemistry at Stanford. Jing has made real contributions to the problem of combining the synthesis and fabrication of individual carbon nanotubes, and integrating them into electrical circuits. Papers she has authored or co-authored on this topic have been cited 64 times since publication in 1998. She has contributed to the use of carbon nanotubes as extremely sensitive chemical sensors to detect toxic gases. A feature article in the New York Times in March of 2000 highlighted this work.

Jing has published or co-authored 21 papers in journals such as Science, Nature, Physical Review Letters, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, and others during her 4 years in graduate school. She is also the co-inventor of two pending patents on nanotubes. Please join me in congratulating Jing Kong as our Distinguished Student Award Winner for 2001!

Nominations for the 2001 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 was presented at the 2001 Foresight Institute Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, held November 9-11, 2001, 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 are due by September 7, 2001

Please send in your nominations to the Foresight Institute to arrive by September 7, 2001. 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:

2001 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 October 6, to allow time to make arrangements to attend the 2001 Conference. He or she must be a full-time student at the time of the presentation.

The award, provided this year through the generosity of James Ellenbogen of MITRE, Ravi Pandya of Covalent Industrial Technologies, and entrepreneur Jim Von Ehr of Zyvex Corp., 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.

Distinguished Student Award Established in 1997

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award was established in 1997 and 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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