As Co-chair of the 2016 Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) for Noble Metal Nanoparticles, it is my pleasure to invite your department’s graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to participate in this seminar by submitting an abstract for a research poster or an oral presentation. The seminar will take place at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA during the weekend of June 14-15, 2016.

Attached is a letter of invitation and a flyer we have prepared to announce the event. We ask that you print copies of the flyer and post them on departmental message boards in addition to forwarding this email to the students in your department.

The GRS program is a series of highly successful and unique opportunities for early career scientists to discuss their current research and build informal networks with their peers that may lead to a lifetime of collaboration and scientific achievement. Each seminar is held in conjunction with a related Gordon Research Conference (GRC) and takes place the weekend immediately prior to the GRC. Topics for this seminar include nanoparticle synthesis, biomedicine, catalysis, and plasmonics.

The deadline to apply for an oral presentation is March 18, 2016. The deadline to apply for a poster presentation is May 21, 2016. Spots are limited, so we encourage applicants to submit their abstracts early.

The application form includes is an option to apply for the related GRC, which we highly encourage for faculty and students alike. Just visit the website below and select ‘Online Application’ in the top right corner:

If you would like more information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or my fellow chairs, Amanda Goodman ( and Chris DeSantis (

Best regards,

Lisa V. Brown
Energy Research Group
NIST Center for Nanoscale Science & Technology

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