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Scientists, Students Receive Awards For Exploring Big Questions About Universe


The winners of a contest that encourages scientists and students across the globe to explore fundamental, big questions in astronomy and cosmology will present their proposals and essays in a joint conference Oct. 12-13 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

The New Frontiers in Astronomy & Cosmology International Grant and Essay Competition, led by Donald G. York, the Horace B. Horton Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, will award more than $4 million in research grants to 20 scientists and more than $200,000 to 21 student essayists worldwide. The funds were provided through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to engage groundbreaking ideas on the nature of the universe.

“Through these awards, the program aims to support bold, innovative research with the potential to expand boundaries and catalyze breakthrough discoveries, as well as inspire students to pursue scientific knowledge and become original, forward-looking, big-question thinkers of tomorrow,” York said.

Full Story: https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2012/10/04/scientists-students-receive-awards-exploring-big-questions-about-universe

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