Awards

The ACIS administers two key awards: the HealyHunter award and the ACIS/ECIS award.


Healy–Hunter Award

The Healy–Hunter Award honours the founders of the Australian Colloid and Surface Science Student Conference; Professor Tom Healy (The University of Melbourne) and Professor Bob Hunter (University of Sydney), who first organised such a conference in 1967. The conferences have been held regularly since this time.

The Award, which highlights and recognises the most outstanding student oral presentation at the conference, consists of a commemorative medal and a contribution towards the travel costs of attending an international conference. In 1998, a Royal Australian Chemical Institute Award Trust was formed as a result of the generous financial support of many Australian surface and colloid science researchers and research groups. Students enrolled at an Australian university are eligible candidates for this award.

Guidelines

All staff attending the student conference are eligible to vote. Supervisors may vote for their own PhD students if so desired. In judging the award, staff consider the quality of science, oral/visual skills, and construction and flow of the presentation. In the event of a tie in the voting, the Chair of the RACI Division of Colloid and Surface Science (or nominee) will have the casting vote. The award can be won only once by any individual.

Previous winners of the Healy–Hunter award:


Year

Winner

Institution
 2016 Christopher Bolton The University of Melbourne
 2014 Michael Neeson The University of Melbourne
 2012 Ashish Kumar The University of Melbourne
 2010 Robert Hayes University of Newcastle
 2008 Luke Parkinson IWRI, University of South Australia
 2006 Jacqui McRae Swinburne University of Technology
 2004 Drew Evans The Australian National University
 2002 Nicola Richards IWRI, University of South Australia
 2001 Rod Harris LaTrobe University
 1999 Wuge Briscoe IWRI, University of South Australia
 1998 Janine Burns University of Newcastle


ACIS/ECIS Award

The ACIS/ECIS Award recognises the most outstanding student oral presentation at the student conference, by a student typically in their second or third year of PhD.

The Award consists of a contribution towards costs for attending the European Colloids and Interface Society (ECIS) Conference in the same year as the student conference, with the (reciprocal) agreement that the ECIS conference registration will be waived by our European colleagues.

The Award was established in 2013 as a result of the links between the Board of Australasian Colloids and Interface Society (ACIS) and the Board of ECIS, and aims to strengthen and expand the scientific connections between the two Societies.

Guidelines

A number of staff attending the student conference will be chosen to be on the selection panel, and will nominate a winner and two runners-up. In judging the Award, staff consider the quality of science, communication skills, presentation style and ability to answer questions.

Eligibility

Students enrolled at an Australian university for less than 36 months at the time of the student conference are eligible candidates for this Award.

Students must be available to attend the ECIS conference in the same year as the student conference, and must be able to cover the additional costs for travel and accommodation not covered by the Award.

The Awardee cannot be the Awardee of the Healy–Hunter Award in the same year. The Award will be transferred to the chosen candidate, after attendance of the ECIS conference, as reimbursement upon presentation of receipts.

If the first chosen candidate is not available to attend the ECIS conference that year, they should notify ACIS as soon as possible, and the funds will be used to support attendance of the runner-up. The Award for Australian students is administered by the Awards Committee of ACIS.


Previous winners of the ACIS/ECIS award:


Year

Winner

Institution
 2016 Virginia Mazzini
The Australian National University
 2014 Catherine Fung University of Western Australia




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