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LPI Career Development Award Recipients Announced

February 27, 2009

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is proud to announce the winners of the LPI Career Development Award. The award is given to graduate students who submitted a first-author abstract to the 40th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), and recipients will receive a $750.00 travel stipend to help cover their expenses for attending the conference.

More than 1500 lunar and planetary scientists from all over the world gather each year for the annual LPSC, which has gained the reputation of being the premiere gathering place for scientists in this field. The meeting provides an invaluable opportunity for students, not only to present their own research, but also to hear and see first-hand 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 2009 recipients:

Paul Byrne
Trinity College

Tomas Kohout
University of Helsinki

Colin Dundas
University of Arizona
Anna Losiak
Michigan State University

Itay Halevy
Harvard University

Nancy McKeown
University of California, Santa Cruz

Christa Hasenkopf
University of Colorado
Michael Poelchau
Museum für Naturkunde

Briony Horgan
Cornell University

Rachel Smith
University of California, Los Angeles

Matthew Izawa
University of Western Ontario

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 101 leading research universities.

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 27, 2009