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Call for Nominations for the IIFC Best PhD Thesis Award

July 1, 2016

Call for Nominations for the IIFC Best PhD Thesis Award

In order to promote high-quality research on FRP composites for construction, the IIFC has established a PhD Thesis Award to be awarded in association with the Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE) conference series.

Using the CICE cycle, all PhD theses completed within two years of the application deadline are eligible for the award. To be eligible, theses must be nominated by a faculty member from the student’s department (typically their advisor) who is a member of the IIFC. The nomination package shall include the following:

  • Nominee’s name, affiliation and contact information
  • Nominator’s name, affiliation, contact information and relationship to nominee
  • Nominator’s statement (2 pages) justifying the significance of the dissertation, novelty, research achievements, and scientific or practical contributions.
  • 4-5 page ‘extended abstract’ summary of the thesis prepared by the nominee

Nominated theses making a ‘short list’ will be invited to give a presentation at a special session of the CICE conference. The Award Panel will select the Best PhD Thesis based on an evaluation of the nomination package and presentation made at CICE.

The winner will receive a certificate, $1000 (USD) and a two-year complimentary membership to IIFC. The winner will also be expected to prepare an article for FRP International.

The inaugural Best Thesis Award will be awarded at CICE 2016 in Hong Kong. Theses submitted in calendar year 2014 or after will be eligible for the inaugural award.

Nominations for the 2016 IIFC Best PhD Thesis Award should be submitted to Renata Kotynia (renata.kotynia@p.lodz.pl) before 1 July 2016.

More information on the Award may be obtained from Renata Kotynia (renata.kotynia@p.lodz.pl).


July 1, 2016