Skip Navigation

Top U.S. students, researchers to convene with laureates in Heidelberg, Germany

Twenty students and postdoctoral researchers will represent American delegation to second annual forum in Heidelberg

Sept. 17, 2014

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are sponsoring the first American delegation of 20 students and postdoctoral researchers to attend the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Sept. 21-26 in Heidelberg, Germany, focused on mathematics and computer science.

Building on the successful model of the annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum brings together students and early-career researchers with winners of the Abel Prize and Fields Medal in mathematics as well as the Turing Award and Nevanlinna Prize in computer science. The HLF is the result of a joint initiative of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies and the Klaus Tschira Stiftung.

Approximately 200 students and early-career researchers from around the world are expected to attend the weeklong meeting. Formal lectures will occur in the morning, and the remainder of the day will be set aside for students and researchers to meet informally with the Laureates, as well as with their peers from around the world.

For more information regarding the Second Annual Heidelberg Laureates Forum, visit the ORAU Heidelberg Laureate Forum website.

The 20 students and postdoctoral researchers are:

Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2014 Participants

Student Name University Name Research Specialty
Jared Aurentz Washington State University Mathematics
Asilata Bapat University of Chicago Mathematics
Renato Bettiol University of Notre Dame Mathematics
Adrian Brunyate University of Georgia Mathematics
Rachel Cummings Northwestern University Computer Science
Parasara Sridhar Duggirala University of Illinois Computer Science
Tegan Emerson Colorado State Mathematics
Amal Fahad University of Rochester Computer Science
Xi He Duke University Computer Science
Xia Hu Arizona State University Computer Science
Anvesh Komuravelli Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science
Soon Ho Kong Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science
Danai Koutra Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science
Joonseok Lee Georgia Tech Computer Science
Jing Li Washington University in St. Louis Computer Science
Eoin O'Mahony Cornell University Computer Science
Sahil Singla Carnegie Mellon University Mathematics
Balaji Subramaniam Virginia Tech Computer Science
Chuntian Wang Indiana University Mathematics
Rujie Yin Duke University Mathematics

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2014, its budget is $7.2 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Media Contacts

Pam Bonee
Work: 865.576.3146
Cell: 865.603.5142

Wendy West
Work: 865.576.0028
Cell: 865.207.7953