The Dresselhaus Awards are one of the ways the Societat Catalana de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (SCN2) stimulates the interest in the field of nanoscience. This is the second year this award is given to the best nanoscience-related Final Degree Project (TFG) explained in posters and oral presentations.
To join, participants must deliver their full TFG and a digital version of the poster (amongst other documentation) before January 15, 2021. The jury will accept up to 48 candidates, who will do their presentation in Catalan. The poster is judged by its presentation and uniqueness, as well as organization and elegance. The presentation is judged by its clarity and the speaker’s ability to explain with ease and answer the judges’ questions.
There is an economic prize for the third, the second and the first position, who will also be able to become a member of SCN2 for free for three years, as well as up to 3 Honorable Mentions.
Besides candidates for the award, the SCN2 is looking for judges amongst PhD candidates in this field. It is a voluntary position that allows some PhD researchers to acquire a lot of experience on how to do a proper scientific poster in a short period of time by judging what the candidates are presenting, as well as an excellent networking position. You have until the October 30, 2020, to send an application to be a judge of the awards!
The awards are named Dresselhaus in honour of Mildred Dresselhaus, the Queen of Carbon, a great scientist who had a crucial role in the discovery of the properties of carbon nanotubes, fullerenes and graphene.
Figure 1. Mildred Dresselhaus, American nanotechnologist. In 1985, she was appointed the first female Institute Professor at MIT.
This is the second edition of this prize that had its first edition in 2019. The first edition included 8 participants, mostly students from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona from degrees in Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry. Iván Caño and Remei Escudero, who were doing an internship at the ICMAB, won the 2nd and 3rd prize at the SCN2 Dresselhaus Awards for their research works in last year's edition.
The first edition also counted with 12 judges, all of them in different points in their career. Most of them came from Bellaterra centers, with 4 of them being ICMAB PhD Researchers.
Fig. 1. Institutions of procedence of 2019's edition judges | SCN2
You have until 15 January 2021 to become a candidate or send an application to become a judge!
Cover image: Mildred Dresselhaus | MIT