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Kathleen Lonsdale Chemistry Prize 2018

24 December 2018

Closing 12 noon Wed 9 January. Last call for submissions from Irish Ph.D. thesis students in the general area of Chemical Science.

A prize will be given for the most outstanding Irish PhD thesis in the general area of the chemical sciences. The prize, kindly sponsored by Henkel Ireland Operations & Research, includes an award of €1,000. The winner will be nominated by the Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy to go forward for the International Prize for Young Chemists sponsored by IUPAC.

Applicants must:

  • Submit a 1,000 word essay (maximum, but figures are permitted) describing the thesis work and placing it in perspective relative to current research in the chemical sciences.
  • Have received their PhD degree or completed all PhD requirements from a University or Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, including a successful defence of the doctoral thesis during the calendar year 2018.
  • Supply a listing of all published material arising from the PhD research performed.
  • Provide two supporting letters, one from the thesis adviser and one additional faculty member. These letters should comment on the qualifications, contribution to publications and accomplishments of the applicant and the significance of the thesis work.

All documentation (in PDF format) should be emailed to by Wednesday, 9 January 2019 at noon.

This prize was formerly known as the Young Chemist Prize. Read more about last year’s winner here

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