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Student Competition

PhD student award

Established 2016

The Scotland Regional Group offers up to twelve SCI student memberships to PhD and MSc students working in scientific research in Scottish Universities, to help with networking and professional development opportunities.

Eligibility: Applicants must be students working in scientific research at a Scottish university

Application: Applicants are requested to submit a 600-word article describing their research project and its relevance to the SCI strapline 'where science meets business'. Applications should be written in a format suitable for publication in a scientific news magazine read by scientifically literate members of the general public (such as New Scientist). Marks are awarded on the following criteria:

  • a well written and informed essay (the essay in the style of the New Scientist)
  • a clear explanation of where your science meets business
  • articles which keep to the 600 word count

Students may find it helpful to speak to their supervisor regarding the requested criteria.

Applications can be made via the link at the bottom of this page.

Description of Award: One year's complimentary membership of SCI (worth £25) which entitles the recipient to, among other things:

  • SCI Student Member rate to SCI Conferences and events (usually 75% off the standard, full registration fee)
  • Subscription to Chemistry and Industry (C&I) magazine
  • Discounts on book and journal purchases
  • Access to specialist technical groups for research discussions and networking
  • Eligibility to apply for scholarships and travel bursaries to attend conferences
  • Access to SCI's Mentoring Programme*

Winners will be given opportunities to build their networks with academics and industrialists, and develop future skills to help with their onward careers. The top three winning articles will also be published on www.soci.org and in C&I Magazine.

*subject to certain criteria. Please contact mentoring@soci.org to find out more.

Frequency: Annual

Nomination Deadline: Nominations are currently closed for this award and will reopen in 2018.

Selected by: Scotland Group Committee

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