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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.

The medal is awarded to the candidate 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.

The award requires nomination by the deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of an Australian University of person holding the equivalent office at the University. The nominated candidate is required to be a current member for a minimum of one year.

Nominations open 1 June 2017 and close 25 August 2017. The nomination submission should include a copy of the PhD thesis, a citation describing the significance of the work, examiners’ reports if available, a justification of the nomination and two written references. Email and telephone contacts should also be made available.

Please email in a single PDF document to awards@raci.org.au for the attention of Robyn Taylor no later than 25 August 2017. Receipt will be acknowledged by return email.

After the closing date, no further nominations for the award will be accepted. If in the opinion of the Board there is no candidate who has sufficient merit, the Board may refrain from making an award.

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.