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One Thing You Can Do Today For the Future of Research

By Paula Reinman

Marconi Society Young Scholars

Calling all scientists and engineers dedicated to making the world a better place through breakthroughs in communications and networking: we have an opportunity for you!

While funding cuts, policy stalemates and university politics may sometimes get you down, here is something you can do today to help ensure the future of innovative research. You just need to act by June 30.

Each year The Marconi Society, founded in 1974 to honor Nobel Laureate and radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi, recognizes young scientists and engineers with the potential to make extraordinary contributions in the field of information and communications science. The Paul Baran Young Scholar Award is given to outstanding students who are nominated by faculty and mentors.

When you nominate a student for a Young Scholar award, you give them so much more than a shot at the $5000 prize. This is your chance to recognize people at the beginning of their careers and give them an opportunity that may come along only once in a lifetime.

“Nominating a Young Scholar allows me to honor and help spur the life long success of a most-deserving young engineer,” says Ted Rappaport, the David Lee/Ernst Weber Chaired Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Professor of Computer Science at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Marconi Society Young Scholar nominator. “It also provides a tangible way for me to show my support and belief in a young engineer.”

Paul Baran Young Scholars are part of a unique and elite group:

  • The Marconi Society Fellows – Young Scholars meet and interact with some of them most distinguished leaders in the field. They are able to spend time with and learn from luminaries including Vint Cerf, Robert Kahn, Martin Cooper, Sir David Payne and the other distinguished  Marconi Fellows. The mentoring and connections that Young Scholars receive can make careers and game-changing innovations.
  • The Young Scholars cohort – Young Scholars create long-term relationships with other young scientists and engineers around the world whose careers are taking off as fast as their own. This cohort will lead research, join faculty at the world’s top engineering programs and found or play strategic roles in leading businesses.
  • Community outreach – Young scholars have the opportunity to participate in social impact programs such as the Celestini Project, designed to encourage emerging scholars in developing countries by using technology to solve important local issues. They also organize and present at symposia at major universities, all funded through the Marconi Society.

Take a few moments today to honor your most deserving student by giving them inspiration, recognition and connections that will last for decades.

We look forward to your nomination.