Seventeen graduate students from North America and Europe will receive the 2002 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, sponsored by the Basic Sciences Division.
The recipients, all advanced students at or near the completion of their studies in the biological sciences, will participate in a scientific symposium Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, in Pelton Auditorium.
Nominations were solicited internationally. Winners, none of whom are from the Hutch this year, were selected on the basis of their work's quality, originality and significance.
The symposium will include scientific presentations by the awardees as well as poster presentations by Hutch graduate students.
Established in 2000, the award honors Dr. Hal Weintraub, a founding member of the Basic Sciences Division who in 1995 died from brain cancer at age 49. Weintraub was an international leader in the field of molecular biology; among his many contributions, he identified genes responsible for instructing cells to differentiate, or develop, into specific tissues such as muscle and bone.
"Hal was one of the most outstanding scientists of his generation, as well as one of the most unpretentious," said Dr. Mark Groudine, Basic Sciences Division director. "Hal had the knack of identifying the important questions in biology and designing experimental approaches that were creative, simple and elegant.
"By nurturing colleagues, students and postdocs, and helping all of us become better scientists, Hal was instrumental in establishing the collegial atmosphere at the Hutch. We believe having a symposium recognizing the achievements of young scientists is a great way to honor Hal and the recipients of this award."
Award recipients will receive a certificate, travel expenses and an honorarium from the Weintraub and Groudine Fund, established to foster intellectual exchange through the promotion of programs for graduate students, fellows and visiting scholars.