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Andrew Dilullo and Greg Petersen

Photographer: Robert Hardin

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Two OHIO Physics students chosen to participate in Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting


Two Ohio University students have been selected to participate in the Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting for physics held every 4th year in Germany.

There will be approximately 20 to 25 Nobel laureates in attendance to meet and discuss with the 550 young scientists pulled from around the world.

“Being selected means that I am one out of a group of less than 600 people in the world who are both lucky enough and have demonstrated enough ability and motivation to be considered one of the best young scientists in physics,” said Andrew Dilullo, one of the two graduate students selected.

Dilullo and Greg Petersen were selected for this prestigious program, a rigorous process that began in October of last year. Both students nominated themselves, then progressed through a five-month selection process.

The event will consist of several lectures each day, in addition to networking with big names in the field.

“There are so many things I am looking forward to and it often changes depending on what I am concerned with at the moment,” said Petersen. “I always go to conferences looking for new research ideas. Hopefully, I'll find a few good ones.”

The Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting first started in 1951, and it has been 20 years since Ohio University has sent anyone to the meeting, making two in one year quite impressive.

Physics Professor Daniel Phillips said, “I’ve always felt that we have very good graduate students in our program. Winning awards like this shows that Ohio University’s graduate students can compete successfully for these kinds of national awards.”

Dilullo and Petersen attended an orientation in April in Washington, D.C. and will make their journey to Germany at the beginning of July.