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Katharine Burr Blodgett Award

Established 2020

Named after the esteemed surface scientist and the first woman to receive a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge, this award was established to recognise the best PhD research in the field of colloid and interface science. 

Nominated by: Colloids Group (SCI CSCG and RSC CISG) members

Eligibility: open to researchers working in the field of colloid and interface science, who have received their PhD from a UK institution within the past year (since the 1st of April of the year before the nomination).

Application: to make a nomination, please send these documents to the RSC/SCI Colloids Group Awards Officer (Prof. J.L. Keddie; e-mail: j.keddie@surrey.ac.uk) by the 15th of April:

  • A one-page summary of the thesis research written by the nominee; rather than being an abstract, this document should clearly explain the importance and originality of the work, describing key-achievements of the nominee. This part of the application from the successful nominee will be published on the Joint Colloids Group website.
  • A report (one page maximum) from the nominee’s supervisory team (primary or second supervisor), setting out the case for an award. The report should state the date of the viva voce exam of the nominee and confirm that the corrected thesis has been accepted by the University.
  • A supporting statement (one page maximum) from the external examiner, or thesis examiners’ report if a supporting statement cannot be obtained.
  • A copy of an award letter from the university stating the date of submission; alternatively, evidence from an examiner/supervisor that the final, corrected thesis has been accepted (with date)
  • A brief CV (1-4 pages) of the candidate, including a list of publications or other outputs from the thesis.

Description of Award: a certificate, a prize of £200, and a year’s membership of SCI.

Presented at: Early Careers Colloids Meeting (or similar event). Reasonable travel costs will be covered.

Frequency: Annual

Nomination Opens: 1 March

Nomination Deadline: 15 April

Selected by: Joint Colloids Group Committee

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