Sunday, April 30, 2017

Winners of young scientist research competition receive OPTEK grants

Winners of the fifth young scientist research competition were awarded OPTEK grants at a recently held ceremony at the Hotel Onegin.

OPTEK offers high-tech solutions in the fields of science, education, medicine and industry.

Undergraduates, graduate students, teachers and researchers under the age of 35 from Russia and CIS countries were eligible to compete for the grants. Participants had to be involved in research and teaching activities in chemistry, material science, geology, biology, medicine, physics or nanotechnology.

Another condition for participation was the use of hardware partners, represented by OPTEK: Carl Zeiss, ThermoFisher Scientific, Raith, Bruker, Oxford Instruments, 3D Histech. The selection committee was made up of experts recognized by the international scientific community.

Organizers said the main objective of the competition was to provide young scientists with more opportunities for professional growth through the use of new techniques and technologies, while also promoting academic mobility and the development of the practice of sharing research infrastructures in well-equipped laboratories.

Additionally, winners received help from OPTEK in gaining access to necessary equipment, as well as the opportunity to present their results in scientific journals and at international conferences and forums.

This year, 280 applicants were considered and 76 winners from Russian and the CIS countries were selected. Twelve young scientists from Ural Federal University and the Institute of Immunology and Physiology in the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences were awarded grants.

OPTEK General Manager Maxim Igelnik spoke at the event, stressing the importance of the company's relationship with science to enable technological progress and the development of science, medicine and industry.

Grant recipients presented their ongoing research at the event. Grants ranged from $2,700 to $3,600 and will be spent on research, travel and salaries of the research group.

Ural Federal University winner Tatiana Spiridonov stressed the importance of the competition to talented people who avoid going into science because they cannot count on a decent salary. Spiridonov said "work must be rewarded."