2004 Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award

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

Nominations were due by August 8, 2004

2004 Winner Announced

A Graduate Fellow at Nanorex Corporation and Syracuse University doctoral candidate, Damian Allis received the Foresight Distinguished Student Award for his work in the application of theoretical computational methods to the design and study of molecules and nanostructures, materials for molecular electronics, non-linear optical materials, and molecular building blocks and biomimetic principles.

Dr. James Ellenbogen and Damian Allisr
Dr. James Ellenbogen (left) presents the 2004 Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award to Damian Allis.
Christine L. Peterson and Damian Allisr
Foresight Founder and Vice President, Public Policy, Christine L. Peterson, congratulates Damian Allis on receiving the award.
Howard Lovy, David Baker, Homme Hellinga, Damian Allis Foresight Distinguished Student Award winner Damian Allis (right) with the winner of the Foresight Prize in Communication Howard Lovy (left) and the Foresight Institute Feynman Prize winners Homme Hellinga (Experimental, left of center) and David Baker (Theory, right center).

See also Foresight’s press release Foresight Institute Awards Feynman Prizes: Nanotechnology Researchers, Journalist and Student Honored at Advanced Nanotechnology Conference

Nominations for the 2004 Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student award recognizes 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 1st Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology: Research, Applications, and Policy, to be held October 22-24, 2004, at the Crystal City Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC.

The award recipient must accept in person at the Feynman Awards Banquet at the Conference. The winner will receive complimentary full registration including banquet, coach airfare and up to 3 nights hotel (arranged by Foresight Institute, Sat. night stay required), $250 cash to cover additional expenses, and the physical award.

Nominations are due by August 8, 2004

Please send in your nominations to the Foresight Institute to arrive by August 8, 2004. 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:

2004 Distinguished Student Award
Foresight Institute
PO Box 61058
Palo Alto, CA 94306 USA
Voice: 650-917-1122
Fax: 650-917-1123
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.foresight.org

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

The winner will be selected in time to make arrangements to attend the 2004 Conference. He or she must be a full-time student at the time of the presentation.

The award 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.

Relevant Research Areas

Research areas considered relevant to molecular nanotechnology and molecular manufacturing include but are not limited to:

  • biomolecular machinery
  • computational chemistry
  • supramolecular chemistry
  • mechanosynthesis
  • molecular machines
  • scanning probes
  • nanomaterials
  • self-assembly

Special consideration will be given to submissions clearly leading toward the construction of a general-purpose molecular assembler. Applicants wishing further information on the field of the prize are referred to the book Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation (Wiley Interscience, 1992).

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.