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MISTI awards fellowships

The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) program announced the recipients of the 2006 Anthony Sun Fellowship Awards at its annual Faculty Club gala on Wednesday, April 26.

The awards, which cover summer internship expenses for several outstanding MIT students enrolled in MISTI, are sponsored by Anthony Sun, a member of the MIT Corporation.

MISTI trains MIT students for substantive internships and research opportunities at companies, universities and research centers in seven countries. During the last 10 years, MISTI has placed more than 1,700 MIT students in labs and companies from Beijing to Berlin.

This year's Sun Fellows are: Scot Frank (China), Thuy-Tien Le (France); Anna Labno and Bao Truong (Germany); Elizabeth Clay (India); Antonella Alunni (Italy); Xin-Louie Huang and Denver Thomas (Japan); and Joshua Nelson (Mexico).

Congratulating the winners -- and other MISTI students -- MISTI Director Suzanne Berger, the Raphael Dorman and Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science, said, "For someone who wants to be a manager, a scientist or a political scientist, it's absolutely essential to understand that process of knowledge creation happens in different ways in different places around the world. Observing this firsthand via your internships is one of the ways in which MISTI will help you to become truly global professionals."

In addition to its programs in China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan and Mexico, MISTI has begun organizing internships in Africa and in Spain.

Professor Frank Wilczek of physics, who won the 2004 Nobel Prize, delivered the keynote at the MISTI dinner. He encouraged students to make the most of international collaborations like those offered by MISTI.

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A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 3, 2006 (download PDF).

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