GE and Science Prize for young life scientists application deadline approaching

(Nanowerk News) The deadline to enter the 2011 GE and Science Prize for Young Life Scientists is 1st August 2011. Established in 1995, the prize recognizes outstanding young scientists from around the world who have completed their PhDs in the area of molecular biology* during 2010.
GE Healthcare Life Sciences and the journal Science, co-sponsors of the prize, believe that support for young scientists at the start of their careers is critical to the future of continued life sciences research. Past winners have made an impact in life sciences research and have used the prize as a stepping-stone in their scientific research careers.
To be eligible for the prize, entrants must submit a 1,000-word essay which describes their doctoral thesis. The grand prize winner will have his or her essay published in Science and receive a prize of US$25,000. Prizes are also awarded each year to finalists in four geographic regions, each winner receiving US$5,000. All winners will be invited to an award ceremony in December 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden to receive their prize and to meet with the current Nobel laureates. Full details on how to enter and information on past winners can be found at
Commenting on this year's prize, Kieran Murphy, President and CEO of GE Healthcare Life Sciences said "The GE and Science Prize for Young Life Scientists was set up over fifteen years ago to recognize the talent of the world's most promising young researchers as they embark on their careers. By encouraging scientific progress in our understanding of genes and proteins, the prize is contributing to the global research effort to tackle some of healthcare's most pressing challenges."
"Supporting young scientists as they embark on their careers is vital to the future of molecular biology," said Monica Bradford, Executive Editor of Science. "We are proud to be part of the prize which acknowledges the important studies these promising scientists conduct and encourages them to make further strides to advance global scientific understanding."
*For the purpose of this prize, molecular biology is defined as "that part of biology which attempts to interpret biological events in terms of the physico-chemical properties of molecules in a cell." (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 4th Edition)
Source: GE Healthcare