ISGS PhD Thesis Award

ISGS PhD Thesis Award Prize

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 chemistry and related fields.

The winner will receive a diploma, a 2-year ISGS membership, and a prize money. In addition, he/she will be invited to contribute with a paper to the Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, the official journal of ISGS.

Eligibility

Open to all candidates that have obtained a PhD degree from any recognised university in the calendar year previous to the Award Prize competition.

Their PhD theses should be original work predominantly in the field of sol-gel chemistry and related fields.

Adjudication

The ISGS decides the prize winner based on the recommendation by a PhD Award Committee designed by the Board of Directors.

The purpose of the award is to highlight excellent PhD research in the field of sol-gel chemistry and related fields.

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 chemistry and related fields.
  • 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).

Rules

  • Candidates must have defended the PhD thesis in public and received the PhD degree from a recognised university in the calendar year previous to the Award Prize competition.
  • The candidate’s PhD thesis should be original work in the field of sol-gel chemistry or related fields.
  • Candidates must submit an application via email to awards@isgs.org by the deadline of the competition.
  • The ISGS Board of Directors decides the prize winner based on a recommendation by the PhD Award Committee and this decision cannot be challenged.
  • The application must contain:
    -A pro forma application.
    -An Executive Summary of the PhD thesis, of not more than 15 pages, highlighting the relevance and contribution of the work to the sol-gel chemistry field.
    -An electronic copy of the PhD thesis.
    -Candidates should note that the content of their Executive Summary will be the primary source of the PhD Award Committee’s consideration
    -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.

Deadline

30 september 2018