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 IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists

The IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists has been established to encourage outstanding young research scientists at the beginning of their careers. The prizes will be given for the most outstanding Ph.D. theses in the general area of the chemical sciences, as described in a 1000-word essay.

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IUPAC will award up to five prizes annually. Each prize will consist of USD 1000 cash and travel expenses to the next IUPAC Congress. In keeping with IUPAC's status as a global organization, efforts will be made to assure fair geographic distribution of prizes.

Prizes will be presented biennially at the IUPAC Congress. Each awardee will be invited to present a poster on his/her research and to participate in a plenary award session, and is expected to submit a review article for possible publication in Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Applications may be submitted, as described below, to the IUPAC Secretariat. In addition, some IUPAC National Adhering Organizations are soliciting applications in their own countries, frequently in conjunction with a national award. In such cases, application may be submitted to the NAO or to the Secretariat (not both). A list of NAOs is given below.

Applications will be judged by a committee of eminent scientists appointed by the President of IUPAC.

Procedures for the 2010 Prize:

a. Entrants must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree, or completed all Ph.D. requirements including successful defense of the doctoral thesis, during calendar 2009 in any of the countries that are Members or Associate Members of IUPAC. Entrants need not be citizens or residents of one of these countries at the time the application is submitted.

b. The research described in the entrant's thesis must be in the field of the chemical sciences, defined as "chemistry and those disciplines and technologies that make significant use of chemistry."

c. The IUPAC Prize recognizes only work that was performed while the entrant was a graduate student.

d. Application requires submission of a completed entry form, together with the material listed in items e and f. The entry form and supporting material should be submitted by e-mail whenever feasible. Additional material may be sent as needed by fax or mail.

e. An essay must be submitted by the entrant that describes his or her thesis work and places it in perspective relative to current research in the chemical sciences. The essay must be written in English by the entrant and may not exceed 1000 words. [For applications submitted through NAOs, a national language may be permissible, and the NAO will assist in translation to English. The announcement by the appropriate NAO should be consulted.]

f. Two supporting letters (sent by e-mail if feasible) are required from the thesis adviser and/or chairman of the thesis committee and one additional faculty member. These letters should comment on the qualifications and accomplishments of the applicant and the significance of the thesis work.

g. Complete applications must be received at the IUPAC Secretariat by February 1, 2010. If submitted through an IUPAC National Adhering Organization or Associate NAO, the deadline established by the NAO must be met. Early submission is strongly encouraged so any questions may be resolved before the deadline date.

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Application Form:

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>> to be submitted preferably by email at [email protected]

Name _____________________________________________________

Current address _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________

Phone: ___________________ Fax: ________________
E-mail: ___________________

Academic degrees
List institution, date awarded, and field of study for each degree you have received. Begin with your Ph.D.

Ph.D. ____________________________________________

2. _______________________________________________

3. _______________________________________________

Ph.D. Thesis

Title ______________________________________________ __________________________________________________

Adviser ___________________________________

Thesis Committee (include name and departmental affiliation) ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________

Annexes to submit with this form:

    • Publication list
    • Academic and professional awards received as a student
    • A 1000-word essay describing the thesis work (essays longer than 1200 words will be returned to the applicant for editing)
    • Two supporting letters
I certify that the work described in the submitted essay is based upon my thesis research and that the Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree was awarded between 1 January and 31 December 2009.

Signature ___________________ Date ______________


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