Press Release: CUNY Doctoral Student Joins Nobel Laureates at Lindau Conference

Claudette Davis, a CUNY Graduate Center Ph.D. student in biology, has been chosen to attend the 2006 Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, from June 25 to 30. Each year since 1951, some of the most promising young scientific minds from around the world have been brought to Lindau to attend several days of lectures and discussions with past winners of the Nobel Prize in a particular discipline. This year’s meeting will feature Chemistry Laureates; at this point, 22 have accepted invitations to attend.

Davis was nominated by Professor Jerry Guyden (Biology) and was then selected to take part in this prestigious gathering from among thousands of international graduate-student applicants, joining an American delegation numbering 60. The conference, held on Lake Constance in Bavaria, seeks to foster a community among top scientific minds of both the present and the future by offering them an informal and personal setting in which to discuss ideas.  The experience promises to have an ongoing impact on Davis’s studies in the field of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

Davis has spent her entire academic career within the CUNY system. Born in Queens, she completed her BS at York College before beginning work on her Ph.D., which she expects to complete this summer, and then begin post-doc work.  Among other support, she has received an AGEP (Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate) award, which is funded by the National Science Foundation to support minority doctoral students in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York.  The only consortium of its kind in the nation, the school draws its faculty of more than 1,700 members mainly from the CUNY senior colleges.

Established in 1961, The Graduate Center has grown to an enrollment of about 4,000 students in more than 30 doctoral programs and six master's degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.  The Graduate Center also houses 28 research centers and institutes, administers the CUNY Baccalaureate Program as well as a number of other university-wide academic programs, and offers a wide range of intellectual and cultural programs of interest to the general public.

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Submitted on: APR 1, 2006

Category: Press Room