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September 16, 2019
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — ORAU will once again sponsor young researchers in the fields of mathematics and computer science to attend the Seventh Heidelberg Laureate Forum from Sept. 22-27, 2019, in Heidelberg, Germany.

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum is a gathering of laureates of some of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics and computer science, namely the Abel Prize and Fields Medal as well as the Turing Award and Nevanlinna Prize. Held annually for a week in Heidelberg, Germany, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum brings these laureates at the apex of their careers together with 200 high-achieving graduate student and postdoctoral counterparts from around the world.

The forum gives early career researchers an opportunity for interaction that is typically not available within the normal university environment or in their home university department, whereby the laureates provided formal plenary lectures and led small group discussions with topics driven by a combination of prepared presentations by the laureates as well as student questions.

Two hundred young researchers are expected to attend the week-long Heidelberg Forum to network with laureates in their STEM fields as well as with international colleagues. Laureates engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers.

“The Heidelberg Forum is really an opportunity of a lifetime for young researchers as they will make connections that will help bridge the gap between the generations of experienced computer science and mathematics researchers,” said Jennifer Callais, who manages the 2019 program for ORAU. “For an entire week, students get a chance to interact with mathematics and computer science experts, which is an invaluable experience that will hopefully encourage these aspiring researchers to continue in STEM careers.”

The young researchers sponsored by ORAU to attend the 2019 Heidelberg Laureate Forum include:
 
  • Amanda Bower, University of Michigan
  • Janelle Mason, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Cecilia Mauceri, University of Colorado
  • David Porfirio, University of Wisconsin
 
For more information regarding the Seventh Heidelberg Laureate Forum, visit the Heidelberg Laureate Forum website.
 
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