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Nominations for 2019 Robert Dirks Molecular Programming Prize Now Open

The International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering (ISNSCE) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Robert Dirks Molecular Programming Prize.

The Dirks Prize recognizes exceptional early-career achievement by a researcher working in any area of molecular programming, whether theory, experiment, computation, or a combination thereof. The winner will receive a cash prize and be invited by ISNSCE to present a Prize Lecture at FNANO. To be eligible, a candidate must not yet have accepted a tenure-track position at the time of application (for example, a candidate would typically be a graduate student or a postdoc), but should have the goal of obtaining a tenure-track position and contributing a professional lifetime of outstanding research and scholarly study. 


Nominations must be uploaded by Friday, February 1. Additional recommendation letters must be uploaded by Monday, February 11. If you have questions, please email

The first three Dirks-Prize recipients were as follows: 

2018 Dr. Fei Zhang, Arizona State University, for her work engineering molecular wireframes and expressible knots as a graduate student and postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Hao Yan at Arizona State University.

2017 Dr. Ashwin Gopinath, California Institute of Technology, for his work developing scalable and programmable nanophotonic devices as a postdoctoral scholar with Dr. Paul Rothemund at Caltech. 

2016 Dr. Thomas Ouldridge, Imperial College London, for his work developing a coarse-grained model and simulation framework for DNA as a graduate student with Prof. Ard Louis and Prof. Jonathan Doye at the University of Oxford.

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