About the Award
The Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholars
Recognizing, Rewarding and Inspiring
The Paul Baran Young Scholar Award recognizes outstanding young scientists and engineers anywhere in the world who have demonstrated exceptional capabilities and potential. Academic faculty and mentors nominate Young Scholars each year.
Most scientists today agree that basic research is not being supported as it should be. Long relied-upon funding sources for basic research are increasingly focused on shorter-term payoffs, and are being cut back even as needs and opportunities accelerate. The Marconi Society can make a difference by strongly advocating for more public and private investment in science education and research and by becoming a source of mentorship and encouragement for top students in the field.
WHO WE ARE ?
Marconi Society Young Scholars are individuals who have, at an early age, already demonstrated exceptional research and entrepreneurial capabilities and show the potential to create significant advances in telecommunications and the Internet.
The Young Scholar cohort now includes over 30 scientists and engineers working on four continents. Young Scholars are driving innovation at leading universities, research institutions, companies and start-ups around the world.
WHAT WE DO ?
Our goal is to improve the world with advanced communications techniques. In practice, this means transferring our knowledge and supporting other people in order to make their lives better.
We currently run the Celestini Project, providing a novel and cost-efficient health care system in Africa in order to reduce maternal mortality rates. Each day, approximately 800 African women die from preventable pregnancy and childbirth related causes. We would like to dramatically reduce this number.
In 2008, with generous funding from 2007 Marconi Fellow Ron Rivest, we created and launched the Young Scholar Awards. We selected four Young Scholars and provided stipends to connect with the Marconi Fellows, some of the most sought-after mentors in the world.
Young Scholars make a commitment to remain involved in our organization, to attend future events, and to help us reach out and motivate other exceptional young scholars.