The Nottingham Prize
The Nottingham Prize was originally established in 1966 from contributions given in memory of Professor Wayne B. Nottingham of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by his many friends and associates. The prize, currently consisting of a certificate and $1000, is awarded to the best student paper presented at the conference. This prize represents a seminal honor, as many Nottingham winners have gone on to become leaders in the field of surface science.
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Competing for the Nottingham Prize
A student paper is defined as a paper based on a Ph.D. thesis whose date of submission is no earlier than one year before the meeting at which the Prize is given. In other words -- all students who are working on, but have not yet completed, their Ph.D. thesis work are eligible. In addition, you are also eligible to compete if you have completed your Ph.D. work but your thesis was submitted less than one year ago. In this case, your talk must be on your Ph.D. thesis work, not on work done afterwards.
The committee requests that a paper submitted for competition have no more than two authors - the student and his/her professor. If the adviser is not a co-author, his/her name should be provided. From those who submit, we will select a set of finalists based on the extended abstract, and will inform all applicants of their status approximately May 14th. For those who are selected as finalists, the registration fee will be waived. All Nottingham contestants must complete and submit the registration form and the housing form (if you intend to use university housing).
They must also submit:
- A regular 1-page abstract submitted as a Word Document for easy compilation. The competitor's name should be marked with an asterisk (*), and the accompanying footnote should read, "Nottingham Contestant." (Download WORD Template or PDF).
- A Nottingham Prize competition package, submitted as a single pdf file, including:
These items should be sent by email (as attachments) to e-mail address email@example.com. Please be sure that the subject line of the e-mail starts with the phrase PEC2010 Nottingham.
We will continue to accept abstracts until 5:00 PM PST Friday, April 2, 2010. Although the competition will be judged largely on the oral presentation, the 1,500-word extended abstract is needed to provide additional information to the judges and to identify the finalists. Submission of a thesis or of a manuscript to be published is not acceptable. The committee will limit the number of competitors to those who can be accommodated in one day. Published material may be included in the paper providing that the thesis submission date meets the previous specifications.