Announcing …
The Melvin P. Klein Scientific Development Award

Summary: The SSRL Users’ Organization Executive Committee (SSRLUOEC) is establishing a scientific development award in memory of Melvin P. Klein (1921-2000). The Melvin P. Klein Scientific Development Award honors a pioneer at the forefront of accomplishments in NMR, EPR, and x-ray absorption spectroscopy who was dedicated to the pursuit of the structure of the Mn complex characterized by the interplay of these methods. This award will be given to an undergraduate/graduate student to disseminate scientific results based on work performed at SSRL. The award, up to $1,000, shall be used for the presentation of this work at an appropriate scientific conference during the academic year of the award.

Funding: The SSRLUOEC is currently raising funds to support this award, with the hope that in excess of $25,000 will be raised in order to provide an award on an annual basis. Colleagues, students, vendors of synchrotron related products and services, and anyone else who is interested in supporting the Melvin P. Klein Scientific Development Award are encouraged to send tax deductible contributions (make checks payable to “Stanford University”) to:

Stanford University
c/o Cathy Knotts, User Research Administration
2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 99
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tel. 650-926-3191
Fax. 650-926-3600

Publicity: Information about the award is to be widely disseminated by the SSRLUOEC and SSRL in announcements related to the SSRL Annual Users’ Meeting and as appropriate through other channels. Nominations will be due by August 1st of each year.

Nomination Requirements: The nomination package shall include a letter of recommendation from the advisor; an abstract written by the candidate describing the experiment and scientific results (not to exceed 300 words); and complete information on when and where the work is to be presented. Nominations, comprising of this material, are to be submitted to Cathy Knotts at the above address by the deadline of August 1st of each year.

Selection Process: An M. P. Klein Award Selection Committee comprising of five SSRLUOEC members (including the two graduate student members of the SSRLUOEC) and one representative from SSRL will evaluate and rank the candidates and select an awardee based on the science described in the nomination package. If one of the SSRLUOEC graduate student members is nominated as a candidate, that member will excuse her/himself from the selection deliberations.

Award: The Award Selection Committee will notify the awardee in September of each year, so that appropriate arrangements can be made. The awardee will be reimbursed for conference fees, travel and other conference/meeting costs up to the $1,000 level after the scientific results have been presented and after appropriate documentation and receipts have been submitted.