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[ANSEF]: Full list of 2010 Armen Avanessians ANSEF Awards released.

March 4, 2010

The ANSEF Review Board – with the help of 36 referees – has finished a three month long review of a total of 192 submitted proposals. The Board has identified the 27 proposals with the highest scores as the recipients of the ANSEF 2010 awards.

Click here to read the full list of awardees.

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[ANSEF]: 2010 ANSEF Grant Presentations and Press Conference held at FAR Yerevan Office

February 3, 2010

FAR’s ANSEF grants are in high demand in the Armenian scientific community.  Last year, 192 scientific proposals were submitted to the ANSEF Grant Research Council for review.  After reviewing the submission pool, the ANSEF council, under the leadership of Dr. Yervant Terzian, selected 27 research groups to be awarded grants of 5,000 USD each in 2010.

A Young Scientist Accepts his Grant

Credit: FAR Staff

It should be noted that this year, there was a remarkable number of young scientists among the recipients of the ANSEF grants. Physical Research Institute Scientist Artur Ishkhanian mentioned that “ANSEF has made a great contribution to the sciences in Armenia.  FAR’s ANSEF Program plays a decisive role by introducing new standards and new approaches to scientific research in Armenia.” FAR would like to express it deepest gratitude to Dr. Yervant Terzian and the ANSEF Grant Research Council, and also to Mr. Armen A. Avanessians, ANSEF’s generous benefactor, for their patriotic initiative and continuous efforts.

FAR 2010 ANSEF Grant Recipients

Credit: FAR Staff

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[Beneficiary Potraits]: ANSEF 2009 Beneficiary, Armen Trchounian

January 26, 2010

Armen Trchounian pursues laboratory work at the Biophysics Laboratory of Yerevan State University under the ANSEF grant program. Dr. Trchounian’s project deals with regulating issues of bacterial growth, survival, and activity – namely for use in biotechnology, medicines, and alternative energy. This 2009 project, entitled “Electromagnetic radiation of extremely high frequency effects on bacterial sensitivity to antibiotics” is jointly implemented with lab research partner, Hasmik Tadevosyan.

Research Partners Armen Trchounian and Hasmik Tadevosyan

Credit: FAR Staff

Dr. Trchounian is already quite well-known in Armenian scientific circles. Since 2002 he has been Head of the High Quality Attestation Committee, which awards scientific degrees to Armenian scientists. His achievements include such accolades as Doctor of Science degree (1990), Professor of Science degree (2002), and RA President’s Prize for Biological Science (2003). He has also authored numerous articles published in international magazines and recently participated in the Bioelectromagnetics Congress in Switzerland.

Dr. Trchounian greatly appreciates the role of international grant programs promoting the sustainability of Armenian scientific traditions, and is thankful to ANSEF for his grant. He expressed that “the most important aspect is not so much the amount of the grant but rather the attention focused on the science of Armenia, the international expertise, and the responsibility it takes in achieving results.”

At Work in the Lab

Credit: FAR Staff

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[ANSEF]: 2009 Beneficiary Astghik Shahkhatuni

December 8, 2009

Astghik Shahkhatuni, molecular physicist, was very happy to win her first ANSEF grant in 2006. “I had won scholarships within the framework of other scientific groups, but this prize was completely different” confessed Astghik. “This time I applied as a leader of a scientific research group. This encouraged me greatly and strengthened my belief in my abilities.” This year, winning again, she is able to continue her work.

ANSEF Beneficiary Astghik Shahkhatuni

Credit: FAR Satff

The theme of her grant project, she described, is as follows: “The current scientific environment allows the study of new properties of molecules. Now, researchers also study the intramolecular properties and characteristics such as charge distribution, molecular dynamics and electrostatics. We study the influence of various external and internal electric fields on NMR parameters of model molecules. We hope to establish a technique for the experimental evaluation of electric fields and electrostatic interactions in molecules.”

“I love my work” expressed the young scientist, “Most of the day I spend in the laboratory.” This shows unbelievable dedication on her part, as her monthly salary is $170, not even enough to survive on. In such difficult situations, the international grant programs lend a helping hand. The awarded grant is enough not only to continue scientific activities but also to travel for scientific assignment, participate in international symposiums, and meet with foreign colleagues. According to Ms. Shahkhatuni, this kind of communication expands the world vision of a scientist and helps her, especially, to consider new perspectives.

Astghik at Work in the Lab

Credit: FAR Staff

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[ANSEF]: ANSEF Grant Winners Meet with FAR Yerevan Staff

November 24, 2009

The 2009 Armenian National Science & Education Fund (ANSEF) grants have been awarded, and project follow-up has begun.  Earlier this month, members of the FAR Yerevan staff paid visits to many of Armenia’s finest scientific institutions including Yerevan State University, the Scientific Center of Biology and Hydro-ecology, the Scientific Technological Center of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and the Institute of Applied Problems of Physics, in order to check in with the scientist teams who received FAR’s ANSEF grants.

Mr. Ishkhanyan, ANSEF Grantee Scientist

Credit: FAR Staff

The FAR representatives met with 14 different scientific research groups, during which time the progress of each team project was discussed.  Through ANSEF, FAR provides scientists with funding, enabling them to pursue their scientific research in Armenia as opposed to leaving the nation in search of funding.  The goal of this project is to motivate Armenia’s greatest scientific talents to stay in Armenia, preventing the problem known unofficially as the “brain drain.”

Presentation at the Physics Research Laboratory

Credit: FAR Staff

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[Mathevosian Scholarship]: Hovhannes Kajoyan

October 5, 2009

17 year-old Hovhannes Kajoyan is one of the 10 successful applicants to the 2009-2010 Mathevosian Scholarship Program. He was born in Yerevan, and lives with his mother and sister in a studio apartment in the Harav Arevmtyan district buildings.

This year, Hovhannes finished N 162 secondary school after Siamanto with great grades, and was admitted to the Yerevan State University, Department of Informatics and Applied Mathematics. Hovhannes is also fascinated with computing, though he does not have personal computer at home.

Due to lack of financial resources, Hovhannes was not able to adequately prepare for University entrance exams by taking lessons, as many of his peers did.  Instead he studied diligently from his friends’ secondhand books, and thanks to his profound knowledge he successfully passed the exam. However, he was admitted to the paid system of the university.  His family has been living on the state allowance and pension, and could not pay the tuition.

Reading the advertisement for the Mathevosian Scholarship Program, Hovhannes applied immediately.  “I had heard of the generosity of FAR and believed in it” said the applicant with a  happy smile and added “when we learned the result, my whole family rejoiced over my triumph!”

Hovhannes dreams of a future in which he is able to become a FAR benefactor, and help others in need, just as FAR has helped him.  “I want to help people like FAR has helped me” stated the young man with decisive tone.

Hovhannes Kajoyan

Hovhannes 1

Credit: FAR Staff

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[Mathevosian Scholarship]: New Beneficiaries

September 14, 2009

For over a decade, FAR’s Mathevosian Scholarship Program has been funding the University educations of a select group of qualifying students.  Thanks to the financial sponsorship provided by this scholarship program targeted towards underprivileged university students who have completed their first year of study, graduates have become highly skilled professionals in their fields of choice.

This year, 46 candidates applied for the scholarship.  Of the 46 applicants, 20 were from Yerevan, and the remainder of the candidates hailed from other regions within the country, such as Shirak, Gegharkunik, Kotayk, Aragatsotn, Tavush, Armavir, and Ararat. Most of the applicants were from Yerevan State University and Armenian State University of Economics.

The 2009 Mathevosian Students

Mat. 2009 students

Credit: FAR Staff

The FAR Educational Committee made visits to the students’ homes in order to get closely acquainted with the living conditions of the applicants.  During the final committee meeting, 10 students were selected to participate in the Program. Of the 10 scholarship recipients, 4 students are from Yerevan State University, 4 from Armenian State University of Economics, one from the Armenian State Engineering University and one from the State Agrarian University of Armenia. Per specialization the number of scholarship recipients is: Economics – 4 students, Informatics – 2 students, International Affairs -1, Journalism -1, Philology -1student and Agribusiness -1.

FAR would like to help as many students as possible.  Therefore, taking into consideration the difficult financial situations faced by some applicants, two additional students received half of their tuition paid for by FAR.   It is FAR’s hope to expand such scholarship programs in order to one day provide education to all qualifying students.