77th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy

June 17-21, 2024

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Jon Hougen Memorial Award

This award supports the travel expenses of an exceptional young international spectroscopist who would otherwise be unable to attend the ISMS.

The award has been established through the generosity of Jon's family and colleagues in creating the Jon T. Hougen Memorial Award Fund, an endowed fund currently held at the University of Illinois that will support this travel award in perpetuity as a lasting tribute to Jon's legacy.

The Hougen Award will provide up to $1500 in travel and housing funds to enable the recipient to travel to the ISMS and present their research.

Eligibility Criteria: Graduate students and Ph.D.s within 4 years of the awarding of their Doctorate are eligible for the award. An extension of this time-from-doctorate may be given for time spent outside of academia, for example for family responsibilities, illness, global conflict, etc.

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit a 1-page summary of their research accomplishments. They should also solicit a 1-page letter of recommendation (same format as above) from a research advisor. The recommender should submit both PDFs using the form at https://go.illinois.edu/ISMS_Hougen.

Declaration of financial need: This award is intended to be financially enabling, and the letter from the recommender should explain why the applicant will be unable to travel to the symposium without the Hougen award.

Applications are due by 5PM Central Time (US) on January 5, 2024.

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All members of the ISMS community are invited to contribute to this fund in Jon's memory, by making a tax-deductible gift either online or by mail. Your contribution will help ensure that the annual return on the fund will be sufficient to fully support a promising young spectroscopist's travel to the ISMS each year.

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Support Provided By:

Cara Neth and Torger Hougen

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Takayoshi Amano
Masaaki Baba
Elsevier Inc.
Helen O. Leung
Mark D. Marshall

John Muenter

Robert W. Field
Ronald Lees and Li-Hong Xu (Deceased)
Malgorzata Biczysko
Karl Irikura
Haruki Ishikawa
Per Jensen
Shunji Kasahara
Hajime Kato
Kaori Kobayashi
Ken and Doreen Leopold
Colan Linton
Stewart E. Novick
Leah and James O'Brien
Sean and Rebecca Peebles
Karen Peterson
Keeyoon Sung
Jian Tang
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To make a gift online

To make an online contribution to the Jon T. Hougen Memorial Award Fund, simply click on the button below. You will be redirected to the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure Online Giving site for your personal and credit card information.

To make a gift by mail

Make your check or money order payable to the "University of Illinois Foundation." For the security of your gift, please do not send cash.

Please include a short note (or memo on your check) that the donation is for the Jon T. Hougen Memorial Award Fund.

Mail to:
University of Illinois Foundation
P.O. Box 734500
Chicago, IL 60673-4500

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Jon Hougen Memorabilia

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Past Jon Hougen Memorial Award Winners

Year Winners University
2024 Arijit Roy Physical Research Laboratory (Ahmedabad, India)
2023 Nadav Genossar-Dan Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
2023 Miguel Sanz-Novo Universidad de Valladolid
2022 Lorrie Jacob University of Cambridge
2022 Kenneth Koziol RWTH Aachen University