Bell Burnell Award

Institute of Physics Bell Burnell Award for the very early career female physicist of the year 2016

The Women in Physics Group invites applications from women at the start of their careers in physics who have made a substantial contribution to the subject and have undertaken activities to support and encourage others in the field. The prize is awarded annually to a woman who is within five years of the award of her first degree in physics (bachelor's or master's), not including career breaks, and is either working as a physicist or is engaged in postgraduate study in physics.

Shortlisted applicants will give a presentation of their work at an Institute of Physics Women in Physics event on 9 November to celebrate international Women in Physics Day. The winner will also be invited to the IOP awards dinner on 29 November, where they will be presented with a medal, certificate and £1,000 prize money. As well as providing recognition of the winner’s work, the award will also lead to valuable networking opportunities. Applicants must therefore be resident in the UK or Ireland at the time of nomination and for the events on 9 and 29 November.

The Bell Burnell Award seeks to recognise the outstanding work of women embarking on a career in physics and to promote the career opportunities open to people with physics qualifications.

Application Process

All entries must be received by 15 July 2016

Applicants should submit a report of their activities that should be no more than 1,500 words long. The report should be accompanied by the applicant’s CV. The report should include:
(a) Details of her contribution to the workplace where she is employed as a physicist or the project that she is working on
(b) Details of activities she has undertaken to encourage others in physics
(c) The names and contact details of two referees, with close knowledge of her work and/or her outreach activities. References will only be taken up for those who are shortlisted

Any person wishing to nominate another for the prize must enclose the written consent of the nominee.

Members of the WIPG Advisory Panel will judge the entries, their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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