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IGERT Trainee Danielle Reifsnyder Attends Annual Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany


IGERT trainee Danielle Reifsnyder was one of 75 U.S. student researchers selected to attend the 60th Annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Germany. The June 27-July 2 meeting brought the best and brightest minds in science and medicine together with up-and-coming student and junior researchers. Each morning Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics or physiology/medicine lectured in their research specialties. Afternoon sessions provided participants additional opportunities to talk to Laureates and network with more than 650 international students and junior researchers.

The students and researchers participating in the meeting were nominated and selected by sponsoring agencies and organizations. The U.S. Department of Energy, Mars Inc., the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and Oak Ridge Associated Universities are this year’s sponsors. Specifically, Danielle was nominated by the US Department of Energy to attend this prestigious meeting.

Danielle is the second IGERT trainee from the Drexel/UPenn IGERT program to be selected as a Lindau Scholar, along with Drexel IGERT alumna Jessica Shiffman (Advisor, Dr. Schauer) in 2008.

Address Goals

This experience cultivates a true global experience and allows IGERT trainees to advance their knowledge of high impact research currently being developed around the world. Participation in events such as the Annual Meeting of Nobel Laureates cultivates a broader scientific community, fosters international collaborations, and ensures the presence of the US in the international scientific arena. Furthermore, upon her return Danielle was able to share her experiences with her IGERT peers at both universities and expand the professional development and scientific community of the NSF IGERT program.