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Cornforth Medal

The Board of the RACI awards the Cornforth Medal, a bronze relief medal bearing the words “For a Thesis on Chemical Research” commemorating the work of Sir John Cornforth AC CBE FRS. The medal is designed to give recognition of outstanding achievement in chemistry and to promote chemical communication.


One medal will be awarded annually to a full RACI member (MRACI) who is judged to have completed the most outstanding PhD thesis in a branch of chemistry, chemical science or chemical technology under the auspices of an Australian University and whose degree has been approved, but not necessarily conferred, in the previous 13 months. There shall not be a dual award. If the committee considers that none of the theses submitted reach an appropriate standard, no award will be made.

Source of award: The RACI

Recipient requirements

Membership type: MRACI and above
Membership duration: Minimum 12 months
Requirements: PhD approved but not necessarily conferred in the previous 13 months

Application procedure

Individual application: No
Nomination: By the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of an Australian University or person holding the equivalent office at the University
Motivation for award required: Yes
CV required: Yes
Research papers: Complete PhD Thesis is required
Research paper synopsis required: Citation describing significance of the work, examiners’ reports if available and a justification of the nomination
Referee report required: Two required
Referee contact details required: Yes
Other: No
Closing date: 30th June 2014
Submission: Emailed in a single PDF document to awards@raci.org.au for the attention of Robyn Taylor. Receipt will be acknowledged by return email.

The decision of the judges will be subject to the approval of the RACI Board. The Board decision is final and no discussions or correspondence will be entered into.