Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
The Center for International Studies has set a Nov. 18 deadline for applications to the Luce Scholars Program.
The program, which is open to seniors, graduate students, alumni from recent classes and junior faculty, places young scholars from a wide variety of intellectual fields in 10-month internships throughout Asia. Past assignments have included settings as diverse as an architect's office, a newspaper, a forestry project, a family planning center, a hospital and local government agencies. The program is aimed specifically at those with no prior experience in Asia.
Nominees must be American citizens not yet 30 by Sept. 1, 2003, who have earned at least a bachelor's degree or expect to receive one by that date, and who are in good physical condition and emotional health. MIT faculty members are urged to nominate former students with records of outstanding achievements.
Application forms may be picked up in Room E38-651. For additional information, contact Carolyn Makinson, CIS executive director, at 253-9861 or Marsha Bolton at 258-8552.
The Luce Foundation, which funds the program, was established in 1936 by the late Henry Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time, Inc., who was himself born in China. He created the foundation as a tribute to his missionary parents.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 9, 2002.