Graduate students to meet Nobel laureates

Arts & Sciences graduate students Jeff Cameron and Megan Daschbach have been chosen to participate in the 57th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany.

At the July 1-6 meeting, dedicated to laureates in physiology or medicine, Cameron and Daschbach will join about 500 students and young researchers from throughout the world in discussions of current scientific issues with approximately 20 Nobel laureates.

Participants will have the opportunity to listen to presentations, attend round-table discussions of interdisciplinary topics and student discussions with a designated laureate, and participate in social events that bring the scientific newcomers into personal contact with the Nobel Prize winners.

Each year since 1951, 20-25 Nobel Prize winners accept the invitation to convene in Lindau for the informal meeting.

Student and young research participants are chosen through a selection process involving intermediaries from universities and research institutions.

Cameron, a doctoral candidate in biology, and Daschbach, a doctoral candidate in chemistry, first were chosen by their departments to be University applicants.

From there, they were selected by representatives of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a university consortium of 98 research institutions that aim to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies and private industry.

Finally, a Lindau meeting selection committee chose the pair to participate.

Cameron, from Madison, Wis., earned a bachelor’s degree in plant science and a master’s degree in plant biology from Montana State University in 2003 and 2005, respectively. His research focuses on photosynthesis and manganese homeostasis.

Daschbach, from Baltimore, earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2004. Her specialty is synthetic anion transporters.