The ISGS will award annually a prize to the student who has produced the best PhD thesis and made the most outstanding contribution to scientific and/or technological knowledge in the field of sol-gel science and technology.
The winner will receive a diploma, and a 2-year ISGS membership, and selection of books from Springer. In addition, he/she will be invited to contribute with a review paper to the Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, the official journal of ISGS.
Open to all candidates that have obtained a PhD degree from any recognised university in 2021.
Their PhD theses should be original work predominantly in the field of sol-gel science and technology.
The ISGS decides the prize winner based on the recommendation by a PhD Award Committee designed by the Board of Directors of ISGS.
The purpose of the award is to highlight excellent PhD research in the field of sol-gel science and technology.
The PhD Award Committee, composed of experts, will assess the merit of the applications and recommend the winner to the ISGS Board of Directors.
The assessment of the PhD Award Committee, based on the Executive Summary provided in the candidate’s proposal and on the supporting evidence from the PhD thesis document itself, will rely on the following criteria:
- The level to which the thesis work adds significant new contribution to advances in the scientific knowledge in the field of sol-gel science and technology.
- The content and quality of the Executive Summary submitted by the candidate.
The impact and relevance of the PhD thesis measured in terms of dissemination of the PhD outputs into the scientific community by the candidate (articles published and oral communications presented at scientific events).
- Candidates must have defended the PhD thesis in public and received the PhD degree from a recognised university in 2021.
- The candidate’s PhD thesis should be original work in the field of sol-gel science and technology.
Candidates must submit an online application by February 28, 2022.
- The ISGS Board of Directors decides the prize winner based on the recommendation by the PhD Award Committee and this decision cannot be challenged.
- The application must contain:
- A proforma application.
- A CV file.
- An Executive Summary of the PhD thesis, of not more than 15 pages, highlighting the relevance and contribution of the work to the field of sol-gel science and technology. Candidates should note that the content of their Executive Summary will be the primary source of the PhD Award Committee’s consideration.
- An electronic copy of the PhD thesis.
- A letter from their main PhD supervisor and from the PhD co-supervisor (if applicable) recommending the candidate for consideration for this prize and confirming that the candidate meets all the criteria for eligibility for the competition.
February 28, 2022