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December 1, 2006

Monie Ferst Award Nomination Deadline Is March 1

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - March 1 is the nomination deadline for Sigma Xiís Monie Ferst Award, which since 1977 has honored science and engineering teachers who have inspired their students to significant research achievements.

This national award is sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Technology Chapter of Sigma Xi and recognizes those who have made "notable contributions to the motivation and encouragement of research through education." The Monie Ferst Award consists of a medal and $5,000. An appealing feature is its presentation during a day-long symposium focusing on the achievements of the winner's former students.

Recent recipients of the award include Texas A&M University chemist F. Albert Cotton, Indiana University Bloomington chemist Gary M. Hieftje, University of California Berkeley electrical engineer Chenming Hu, University of California Los Angeles computer scientist Leonard Kleinrock, University of Kentucky plant pathologist Joseph A. Kuc and University of California San Diego chancellor Marye Ann Fox.

The nomination package must include the following electronically:

  1. A nomination letter detailing the candidate's noteworthy accomplishments
  2. The candidate's resume
  3. Three letters of endorsement. At least two of the letters should come from the candidate's former students.

For the 2007 award, please send the nomination via e-mail to:

Professor Jianmin Qu
School of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0405
Phone: 404-894-5687
E-mail: jq@gatech.edu

Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with about 60,000 members and more than 500 chapters in North America and overseas. The non-profit society publishes American Scientist magazine and sponsors a variety of programs that support science and engineering.

Monie A. Ferst
Monie A. Ferst was an outstanding engineer and businessman, who received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1911. While a student, Ferst became interested in scientific research conducted in an educational setting. In 1933, he and two other influential Georgians used their own funds to establish the Georgia Tech Research Institute, to make it possible for faculty members to conduct research, in addition to teaching. Ferst's belief that it is necessary for professors to conduct scientific research in order to stay abreast of their fields and to generate enthusiasm in the classroom also led him to provide funding-during his lifetime, and in perpetuity through the Ferst Foundation of Atlanta, for Sigma Xi research awards at Georgia Tech. As the culmination of his life-long concern, in 1975 his family and the Ferst Foundation established a $100,000 trust fund to provide income for the Georgia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi to carry on the recognition of noteworthy contributions both locally, as before, and nationally through the Monie A. Ferst Medal and the accompanying $5,000 prize.

 

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