Young Life Scientists prize deadline looms

Recognises outstanding scientists who have completed a PhD in molecular biology

The deadline to enter the 2011 GE and Science prize for Young Life Scientists is 1 August.

Established in 1995, the prize recognises outstanding young scientists from around the world who completed their PhDs in molecular biology (that part of biology which attempts to interpret biological events in terms of the physico-chemical properties of molecules in a cell) during 2010.

GE Healthcare Life Sciences and the journal Science, co-sponsors of the prize, believe that support for young scientists at the start of their careers is critical to the future of continued life sciences research. Past winners have used the prize as a stepping-stone in their scientific research careers.

To be eligible for the prize, entrants must describe their doctoral thesis in a 1,000-word essay. The essay by the grand prizewinner will be published in Science and he/she will receive US$25,000.

Prizes are also awarded each year to finalists in four geographic regions, each winner receiving US$5,000.

All winners will be invited to an award ceremony in December in Stockholm, Sweden.

Commenting on this year’s prize, Kieran Murphy, chief executive of GE Healthcare Life Sciences, said: ‘By encouraging scientific progress in our understanding of genes and proteins, the prize is contributing to the global research effort to tackle some of healthcare’s most pressing challenges.’