EPMA Launches Powder Metallurgy Thesis Competition

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) is proud to announce the launch of the 2012 Powder Metallurgy (PM) Competition for theses in both Diploma (Masters) and Doctorate (PhD) levels.

The aim of the competition is to develop an interest in and to promote powder metallurgy among young scientists at European academic establishments, and to encourage research at under-graduate and post-graduate levels.

In order to be accepted, the subject of the thesis must be capable of being classified under the topic: 'Powder Metallurgy'.

The thesis must have been officially accepted or approved by the applicant's teaching establishment during the 2009/2010, 2010/2011 or 2011/2012 academic years. Applicants must be graduates of a European university

Entry Deadline: 4th May 2012

The Prizes

Winners will be awarded their prizes at the opening Plenary Session of the Euro PM2012 Congress & Exhibition in Basel, Switzerland on Monday, 17th September 2012. Each winner will receive a cheque for:

  • 750 Euros for the Diploma/Masters category
  • 1000 Euros for the Doctorate/PhD category

Winners will have the opportunity of having their work published in the prestigious journal "Powder Metallurgy".

Both winners will have FREE registration to the Euro PM2012 Congress and Exhibition. All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation in the competition.

Submitting an Entry & Required Documentation

Register online at: www.epma.com/thesiscompetition Then send the following documents (as pdf files) to Joan Hallward at: [email protected]

  1. A copy of the thesis in its original language
  2. A letter of agreement from the supervisor of the thesis
  3. A copy of the Diploma awarded by the applicant's teaching establishment
  4. An extended abstract of the thesis, in English, up to a maximum of 7 and 10 pages for the Diploma/Masters and Doctorate/PhD categories, respectively, to include:
  • Title, affiliation, supervisor, category (Diploma or Doctorate)
  • Introduction including objectives and a brief state-of-the-art
  • Results and discussion including industrial and scientific interest
  • Conclusions
  • Relevant diagrams, illustrations, photographs
  • References

Judging Criteria

Objectives and State of the Art (25% of total marks): the entry should explain the thesis objective, the current State-of-the-Art and how the research improves on it. Practical Interest (25%): the submission should show awareness of the practical implications and industrial significance of the research. It should state what is needed to convert the work into an industrial process. Scientific Interest (25%): amount and level of contribution to fundamental scientific understanding of the subject area. Presentation (25%): a proportion of marks will be given for the abstract and the balance of marks will be given in the evaluation of the short listed full thesis. Thesis diagrams and illustrations should be original, self explanatory and should employ good contrast. References should be presented in a form from which the reader can find the original.

General

If theses of insufficient standard are submitted, the judges reserve the right to cancel the awards. Within the Competition there will be no preference for specific subjects or topics within powder metallurgy.

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