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06/29/2013

Winthrop Alums Among Top U.S. Graduate Students Meeting Nobel Laureates

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 Erin White Wilson and Matt Wilson, both chemistry majors in the class of 2009 and now in graduate school at the University of Notre Dame, are among nearly 550 young researchers from 78 countries who will attend the week-long meeting June 30-July 5 in Germany.
 Pat Owens, chair of the Winthrop Department of Chemistry, Physics & Geology, said that the application process to be selected for the trip was very competitive.

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Matt and Erin Wilson
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - Two of 73 graduate student researchers from the United States chosen to attend the 63rd Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this week in Lindau, Germany, are Winthrop University alumni.

Erin White Wilson and Matt Wilson, both chemistry majors in the class of 2009 and now in graduate school at the University of Notre Dame, are among nearly 550 young researchers from 78 countries who will attend the week-long meeting June 30-July 5 in Germany. Students attending the event, which is dedicated to chemistry, are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Mars, Incorporated, the National Science Foundation and ORAU.

Pat Owens, chair of the Winthrop Department of Chemistry, Physics & Geology, said that the application process to be selected for the trip was very competitive.

"It is also certainly no surprise that Winthrop graduates Matt and Erin Wilson were selected," Owens said. "Matt and Erin Wilson both did research with chemistry faculty member Christian Grattan as their mentor in an INBRE grant project."

The two came to Winthrop to play golf, Erin as a business major and Matt as a biology major. Both discovered a love for each other and for chemistry while at Winthrop and have since married, Owens added.

Since 1951, Nobel Laureates have annually convened in Lindau to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers from around the world. Laureates and students exchange ideas, discuss projects and build international networks throughout the week. All attendees must pass through a competitive application and selection process managed by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Throughout the week, the 35 participating Laureates will lecture in the mornings on the topic of their choice related to chemistry and participate in smaller question and answer sessions in the afternoons. Students will also interact with the Laureates and other international students during the week for more informal discussions.

This year, with the addition of science master classes, a select few researchers will have the opportunity to present their research to a Nobel Laureate and a small group of their peers.

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