Lee Alum Convenes With Nobel Laureates In Germany

Friday, September 13, 2013 - by Jillian Ellis, Lee University

Lee University alum Matthew O’Reilly was one of 73 graduate student researchers from the U.S. chosen to attend the 63rd Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Lindau, Germany.

Dr. O’Reilly was selected through a competitive application process by the National Science Foundation, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate. He received a travel grant to attend the meeting this summer.

“My experience at the Lindau Meeting was incredible,” said Dr. O’Reilly. “It broadened my perspective of the current scientific research and how investment in basic research 40 years ago is still transforming modern society.”

Nearly 550 young researchers from 78 countries attended the week-long meeting dedicated to chemistry. The 2013 group of students was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Mars Incorporated, the National Science Foundation, and ORAU. 

Since 1951, Nobel Laureates have annually convened in Lindau to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers from around the world. 

Throughout the week, the 35 participating Laureates lectured on the topic of their choice related to chemistry and participated in smaller question and answer sessions. Students were able to interact with the Laureates and other international students during the week for more informal discussions. 

Dr. O’Reilly graduated from Lee University in 2008. He then earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Florida in August of 2013. He currently serves as a post-doctoral researcher in the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization at the University of Virginia.

For more information regarding the 63rd Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students, visit http://www.orau.org/lindau/.

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