Vernon Harrison Doctoral Prize
The Vernon Harrison Annual Doctoral Prize
In 2003 the British Society of Rheology decided to institute a new annual award for the most distinguished PhD thesis in rheology. The aim of this award is to recognise excellence, creativity and novelty in research and will be awarded to the postgraduate student who, in the opinion of the adjudicating committee, has made the most original and significant contribution to any branch of rheological research (experimental, computational or theoretical) leading to the award of a PhD degree in a given academic year. This prize is partly supported by the Vernon Harrison Bequest. Dr Jen Truby from Durham University was the 2016 winner with her thesis on “Rheology, eruption, and flow of three-phase magma”.
The prize for the award will be £500 and an illuminated certificate.
The deadline for submission of nominations for the next award is 30 September 2017.
Any person who has submitted and successfully defended a thesis in any area of rheology at a higher education institution in the United Kingdom between 1 September 2016 and 31st August 2017 is eligible, whether a member of the Society or not. Each entry should consist of:
A two page summary of the research and the key achievements, written by the candidate, which especially distinguish it as a candidate for this award;
A letter from the thesis supervisor confirming the recommendation of the award of a PhD by the candidate and supporting the case for the award, highlighting the specific original contributions of the candidate;
The name and address of the external PhD examiner, whose opinion will be sought.
An Adjudicating Committee appointed by the Council of the British Society of Rheology will consider the entries. Particular attention will be given to the originality and quality of the research and the Committee may subsequently ask to see a copy of the final version of the thesis in reaching their decision. Entries will be selected by the Adjudicating Committee for presentation at a meeting of the British Society of Rheology in December. The Adjudicating Committee may award any number of first and secondary prizes. Travel funds will be available to assist candidates to attend the prize meeting.
Proposals for the next award should reach the BSR secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30th 2017. They may be submitted by either the candidate or the supervisor.