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LPI Announces Career Development Award Winners

February 22, 2012

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is proud to announce the winners of the fifth LPI Career Development Award. The award is given to graduate students who submitted a first-author abstract to the 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), and recipients will receive an $1000.00 travel stipend to help cover their expenses for attending the conference.

The 43rd LPSC will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas. More than 2000 participants from all over the world are expected to gather for the annual meeting, which has gained the reputation of being the premiere gathering place for lunar and planetary scientists. The meeting provides an invaluable opportunity for students, not only to present their own research, but also to hear and see firsthand the latest-breaking results from other researchers in their field. Opportunities are also provided for students to meet and network with an international group of distinguished researchers.

Congratulations to the 2012 recipients:

Rebecca Bast
      Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster,       Germany
Stephen Seddio
      Washington University in St. Louis
Robert Beauford
      University of Arkansas
Bhairavi Shankar
      University of Western Ontario, Canada
Elmar Buhl
      Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
Priyanka Sharma
      University of Arizona
Michael Chaffin
      University of Colorado at Boulder
Matthew R. Smith
      University of Washington
Carolyn Crow
      University of California Los Angeles
Veerle Jasmin Sterken
      MPIK-Staubgruppe, Germany
Dirk Elbeshausen
      Forshung Museum für Naturkunde, Germany
Kun Wang
      Washington University in St. Louis
Amy L. Fagan
      University of Notre Dame
Nathan Robert Williams
      Arizona State University
Roger R. Fu
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kelsey Young
      Arizona State University
Emmanuel Jacquet
      Laboratoire de Minéralogie et Cosmochimiedu
     Muséum, France
Gang Yu
      Harvard University
Matthew E. Sanborn
      Arizona State University
Michael R. Zanetti
      Washington University in St. Louis

The LPI maintains a highly focused education effort chartered to engage, excite, and educate the public about lunar and planetary science and invests in the development of future generations of scientists. The LPI Career Development Award has been provided from the generous endowments that the LPI has received over the past year from those in the community who are equally committed to the education of students in lunar and planetary science.

The LPI is managed by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), which operates programs and institutes focused on research and education in space-related science and engineering disciplines. Institutional membership in USRA now stands at 105 leading research universities. All of USRA’s member institutions have graduate programs in space sciences or engineering. Besides the 95 member institutions in the United States, there are two in Canada, two in England, two in Germany, two in Israel,one in Australia, and one in China.

The LPI is excited about the opportunities that these endowments will afford to students in the community. All contributions to the endowment fund are tax-deductible. Anyone interested in contributing to this effort should contact Dr. Stephen Mackwell, LPI Director, at [email protected].

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Last updated February 22, 2012