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Prize for Young Chemists

Each year the Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee selects a winner of the Royal Irish Academy Young Chemist Prize.

A prize is given for the most outstanding Irish PhD 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 essay should describe the thesis work and place it in perspective relative to current research in the chemical sciences. It should be written with an academic reader in mind. The quality of publications arising from the research will also be taken into account,  A listing of all published material arising from the PhD research can be included.

Entrants must 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 of the award.

Two supporting letters (sent by e-mail), one from the thesis adviser and one additional faculty member are also required. These letters should comment in detail on the qualifications, contribution to publications and accomplishments of the applicant and the significance of the thesis work. Al materials should be submitted as pdf files.

The winner will be nominated by the Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy to go forward for the prestigious International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry young chemist prize sponsored by IUPAC. In 2008 the Irish nominee, Dr Emilie Banide, was one of the 5 winners of the IUPAC prize.

The call is issued at the end of each year with a decision made in January.

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