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Kathleen Lonsdale Chemistry Prize

Each year the Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee selects a winner for a young chemistry prize, which is generously sponsored in 2018/9 by Henkel.

A prize is given for the most outstanding Irish Ph.D. thesis in the general area of the chemical sciences, as described in a 1,000 word essay (maximum, but figures are permitted). The prize is the successor to the Royal Irish Academy Prize for Young Chemists established in 2000 and the award is administered by a group from the RIA’s Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee. 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 prestigious 2019 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry young chemist prize sponsored by IUPAC.  Irish nominees, Dr Emilie Banide and Dr Fergus Poynton, were one of the 5 winners of the international IUPAC prize in their respective years.

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.

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