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ORAU to sponsor leading students, researchers at Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Deadline to apply is Friday, February 15, 2019

ORAU and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will once again sponsor young researchers in the fields of mathematics and computer science to attend the Seventh Heidelberg Laureate Forum from Sept. 22-27, 2019, in Heidelberg, Germany.

Young researchers at all phases of their careers from undergraduate to postdoctoral students are encouraged to complete and submit applications by midnight on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Applications can be submitted here.

Applications completed and submitted by the deadline are meticulously reviewed by an international committee of experts to ensure that only the most qualified candidates are invited. There are 100 spaces available for each discipline of mathematics and computer science. All applicants will be notified by the end of April 2019 whether or not they will be invited to attend.

For questions regarding requirements and the application process, please contact Young Researchers Relations at

Young researchers from the United States who are currently pursuing a PhD in mathematics or computer science may apply for travel grants from ORAU. Travel grants offered by ORAU are not guaranteed. A separate application for travel grants will commence after nominees have been confirmed by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum selection committee. If selected, students from the United States will be contacted by the ORAU team to discuss the application process for available travel grants. Please email for more information.

ORAU and NSF sponsored 14 Ph.D. students from the United States to attend the Sixth Heidelberg Laureate Forum in the fall of 2018.

Two hundred young researchers attended the week-long Heidelberg Forum to network with Laureates in their STEM fields, as well as with international colleagues. Laureates invited to attend the meeting are recipients of the Abel Prize, the Fields Medal, the Nevanlinna Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award and the ACM Prize in Computing. Laureates engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers.

“The Heidelberg Forum is really an opportunity of a lifetime for young researchers,” said Michelle Goodson, who managed the 2018 program for ORAU. “For an entire week, students get a chance to interact with mathematics and computer science experts. This is an invaluable experience that will hopefully encourage these aspiring researchers to continue in STEM careers.”

The young researchers sponsored by ORAU and the NSF to attend the 2018 Heidelberg Laureate Forum were:

  • Eric Balkanski, Harvard University
  • Moumita Bhattacharya, University of Delaware
  • Jaroslaw Blasiok, Harvard University
  • Ana Chavez Caliz, Penn State University
  • Sarah Hilton, University of Washington Graduate School
  • Gene Kim, University of Rochester
  • Kavita Krishnawamy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Byron Lowens, Clemson University
  • Shagufta Mehnaz, Purdue University
  • Keerthiram Murugesan, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Miranda Parker, Georgia Tech
  • Monika Pichler, Northeaster University
  • Michelle Stuhlmacher, Arizona State University
  • John Urschel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For more information regarding the Seventh Heidelberg Laureate Forum, visit the Heidelberg Laureate Forum website.

About ORAU

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 150 colleges and universities, 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).

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