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UNT Insider | June 2010 Issue | UNT chemistry student to attend meeting of Nobel Laureates

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UNT chemistry student to attend meeting of Nobel Laureates

From a UNT News Service press release

Chris Dewberry

Chris Dewberry

A UNT doctoral student in chemistry is among 500 students from around the world who were selected to attend a meeting of Nobel Laureates this summer in Germany.

Chris Dewberry, a fourth-year doctoral student from Flower Mound, will attend the 60th annual meeting of Nobel Laureates June 27 to July 2. Dewberry is the third UNT student chosen in the past three years to attend this conference.

Since 1951, Nobel Prize winners have met in Lindau in southern Germany to lecture on their fields of expertise. The three natural sciences represented among prizewinners — physics, chemistry and medicine — rotate from year to year. The laureates give presentations on topics of their choice.

Top students and young researchers from around the world apply to attend the meetings and lectures, and a committee decides who will attend based on recommendations from professors and universities.

In addition to the lectures, the week will include discussions between laureates and students, dinners and a boat trip to the Isle of Mainau. Each year, students from more than 60 countries attend the lectures. Donors and sponsors help pay for those students to attend.

"I'm honored and privileged to rub elbows with the great minds of the world, and getting to see Germany is a very nice perk," Dewberry says.

At UNT, Dewberry develops, constructs and tests several prototype instruments to observe highly resolved pure rotational spectra of a variety of molecules through Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy. The information is used to provide insight on a molecule's geometry and electronic structure. Dewberry works with Stephen Cooke, assistant professor of chemistry.

The application process was coordinated by the Office of Research and Economic Development, the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies and the Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships.

After graduation, Dewberry hopes to pursue a career as a university professor and researcher.

Sarah Bahari with UNT News Service can be reached at sarah.bahari@unt.edu.

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June 2010

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