In 2014 three Kaluza awards of $5,000, $3,000, and $1,000 will be offered for excellence in graduate student research. In addition, the other seven Kaluza finalists will receive travel awards to attend the ASCB/IFCB Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, December 6-10. Six of the top 10 finalists will give an invited talk at a special Kaluza minisymposium, supported by Beckman Coulter at the ASCB/IFCB Meeting. The first place Kaluza winner will be invited to speak at Beckman Coulter in 2015 at an annual technical summit featuring the top leadership of Beckman Coulter and innovative scientists from across the Danaher scientific companies.
These prizes are part of a partnership between ASCB and Beckman Coulter Life Sciences to support excellence in science. Both ASCB and Beckman Coulter recognize the challenging times that trainees in biomedical research face. ASCB and Beckman Coulter are both determined to do everything possible to keep from losing the next generation of scientists. Losing the wave of innovation that these young researchers would bring to science would be equivalent to robbing society of its future. The ASCB Kaluza Prizes are a step in a thousand-mile journey that our two organizations want to make together to ensure that science training remains a top priority in the U.S.
The ASCB Kaluza Prizes supported by Beckman Coulter are named for the German mathematician Theodor Kaluza (1885-1954), who is the namesake of Beckman Coulter's flow cytometry software system. In 2013 the first ASCB Kaluza winner, Tina Han, received the $5,000 prize at the 2013 ASCB Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Nine other ASCB members (Liron Bar-Peled, Scott Coyle, Nathan Derr, Wenwen Fang, Jonathan Friedman, Ruei-Jiun Hung, Jessica Polka, Chung Yiu Jonathan Tang, and Jiaxi Wu) were selected as ASCB Beckman Coulter Distinguished Graduate Student Prize recipients, and will receive travel awards to the 2014 ASCB/IFCB Meeting, December 6-10, in Philadelphia, PA.
All entrants in the competition must be ASCB members who are current graduate students or researchers who received their PhD within two years of this year's application deadline. Both U.S. and international scientists are welcome to apply. 2013 applicants who are still within the time window of eligibility may enter again. Not an ASCB member? Graduate students can join ASCB for $42 and postdocs for $66.
Applicants must submit a one-page essay describing their research accomplishments (maximum 600 words), plus a CV in one combined PDF.