The 2014 IUPAC-SOLVAY International Award for Young Chemists is intended to encourage outstanding young research scientists at the beginning of their careers. The awards are given for the most outstanding Ph.D. theses in the general area of the chemical sciences, as described in a 1000-word essay. The award, which is now generously sponsored by Solvay, succeeds the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists.
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.
The awards 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, applications may be submitted to the NAO or to the Secretariat (not both). The list of NAOs is available.
Applications will be judged by a committee of eminent scientists appointed by the president of IUPAC.
Procedures for the 2014 Award
- a. Entrants must have received the Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree, or completed all Ph.D. requirements including successful defense of the doctoral thesis, during calendar 2013 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.
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.
- 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, one from the thesis adviser and/or chairman of the thesis committee and one from an additional faculty member who is familiar with the applicant�s thesis work. 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 1th February 2014.