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Prizes

The NZIC has the following awards to recognize outstanding chemists:

  1. Easterfield Medal
  2. The Maurice Wilkins Centre Prize
  3. Prize for Industrial and Applied Chemistry
  4. The Denis Hogan Chemical Education Award

Easterfield Award

The Medal was donated by the Royal Institute of Chemistry (now the Royal Society of Chemistry) in honour of the late Sir Thomas Hill Easterfield KBE MZ (Cantab) PhD (Wutzburg) FRSNZ FRIC HonFNZIC who was well known for his contribution in the field of chemistry and will be remembered particularly for the inspiration and encouragement he gave his students during the many years he was Professor of Chemistry at Victoria University College and for his infectious enthusiasm for chemical research.

Sir Thomas was the first chairman of the New Zealand section of the Royal Institute of Chemistry and also one of the early Presidents of the NZIC. It is therefore fitting and in accordance with the wishes of the Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry that the two should act in association.

  1. The medal shall be awarded to chemists in New Zealand in recognition of the quality and originality of their research work.

  2. Candidates must have less than ten (10) years of professional experience since completing their most recent relevant qualification of a BSc, BSc(Hons), MSc or PhD Degree, or the equivalent, at 30th April in the year of their application for consideration for the award.

  3. The award will be open to all chemists whether or not they are members of the Royal Society of Chemistry or the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry.

  4. The major portion of the candidate's research work submitted must have been carried out in New Zealand as judged by the research work published during the ten (10) years immediately preceding the award.

  5. No person may be awarded the Easterfield Medal more than once.

  6. The successful candidate will be requested to deliver a lecture on the subject of his/her research at the Annual Conference of the NZIC (or on some other suitable occasion) as well as carry out a short lecture tour, hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry, in the United Kingdom.

  7. The medal shall be awarded biennially and presented to the successful candidate on the occasion of his/her lecture.

  8. The Selection Committee reserves the right to make no award in any year if the standard of work is not of sufficient merit.

  9. Expenses necessarily incurred by the Medallist in connection with the delivery of his/her lecture will be defrayed.

  10. Applications by or on behalf of candidates for this award must be received by the NZIC Administration, PO Box 39 112, Harewood, Christchurch, by the 30th June and should include a list of all relevant papers, together with hard and electronic copies of the five most significant papers upon which the application or nomination is primarily based. Electronic and/or hard copies of any additional papers should be available upon request.

  11. The award will be made by the President of the Royal Society of Chemistry on the recommendation of a selection committee comprising the New Zealand corresponding secretary of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the President of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry or his/her personally nominated representative and a Professor of Chemistry from one of the New Zealand Universities.

  12. Unless otherwise agreed to by NZIC Council, the overseas lecture tour to the UK hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry should be taken up within three years of the prize being awarded or the opportunity lapses.

This committee will have the right to co-opt one suitable person in an advisory capacity.

Previous recipients:

2005 Dr Emily Parker (Massey)
2007 Dr Jadranka Travis-Sejdic (Auckland)
2009 Dr Richard Tilley (Victoria, Wellington)
2011 Dr Bridget Stocker (Malaghan Institute, Wellington)
2013 Dr James Crowley (Otago)

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Prize for Chemical Science

  1. The winner of this prize receives $1,500 and a plaque. The prize shall be awarded to a member of the Institute who, in the opinion of the Council, has made a significant contribution to some branch of chemical science, the contribution to be judged by research work published during the five years immediately preceding 30th April in the year of the award.

  2. Applications by members or nominations which may be submitted by Branch Committees, or individual members must be received by the NZIC Administration, PO Box 39 112, Harewood, Christchurch, by the 30th June and must be accompanied by a full CV including a complete list of publications, with hard copies of the five most significant papers over the last five years as judged by the nominee/applicant. Each paper should be accompanied by a short (100 words or less) summary indicating the importance of the work and describing the relative contributions from all authors. All other papers should be available electronically if requested. The Council itself may nominate candidates for the award.

  3. If in the opinion of Council, there is no candidate of sufficient merit, the Council may refrain from making the award.

  4. The prize shall be presented at the Annual Conference of the Institute or at a meeting of the Branch to which the prize winner belongs.

  5. A member to whom the prize has been awarded shall not be eligible for re-nomination.

Previous recipients:

2005 Prof. Margaret Brimble (Auckland)
2006 Prof. Peter Steel (Canterbury)
2007 Prof. Andrew Brodie & Assoc. Prof. Eric Ainscough (Massey)
2008 Dr Henrik Kjaergaard (Otago)
2009 Prof. Sally Brooker (Otago)
2010 Prof. Keith Gordon (Otago)
2011 Dr David Williams (Auckland)
2012 Assoc Prof. Richard D. Tilley
2013 Prof. Rob Smith (Otago)
2014 Dr Peter Tyler (Wellington)

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Shimadzu Prize for Industrial and Applied Chemistry

  1. A prize of $1,500 and a plaque will be awarded annually to further the recipient's studies in Industrial Chemistry and to commemorate the achievement.

  2. The prize will be awarded for meritorious achievement in the field of industrial or applied chemistry.

  3. The prize will be restricted to financial members of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry of any grade of membership. In the case of joint work the prize may be shared between two or more members.

  4. Applications should include a written statement of the industrial or applied chemistry activities or achievements of the candidate(s) and their significance in terms of improved technology, new products or other benefits to industry or the community. Supporting documents and publications may be submitted with the application and will be held confidential to the assessors. If possible, the value of the work should be attested by an accompanying statement from the manager or directors or head of the organisation. There is no limit on the period of time over which the work was carried out.

  5. Applications for the prize may be made by individual members or nominations may be made by Branch Committees or by corporate members of the Institute.

  6. Two or three assessors will be appointed by the Council of the Institute of Chemistry to consider the applications and make recommendations. The final decision on the award will be made by Council. Council reserves the right to make no award in the absence of a suitable candidate.

  7. Applications or nominations must be received by the NZIC Administration, PO Box 39 112, Harewood, Christchurch, by the 30th June each year.

Previous recipients:

2007 Prof. Jim Johnston (Victoria, Wellington)
2008 Dr Simon Hall (Massey)
2009 Dr Owen Catchpole (IRL, Wellington)
2010 Dr David Harding (Manawatu)
2011 Dr Laurence Eyres (Auckland)
2012 Prof. Brian Robinson and Dr Stephen C. Moratti (Otago)
2013 Dr Nigel Perry (Otago)
2014 Dr Bradley Williams (Wellington)

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Denis Hogan Chemical Education Award sponsored by ABA Books

The Denis Hogan award for Chemical Education, sponsored by ABA Books consists of a certificate and a prize of $1000. The first such award was made in 1986. Applications will be accepted that comply with the following rules:

  1. The award shall be made annually unless, in the opinion of Council, there is no candidate of sufficient merit;

  2. The award shall be made to a person who, in the opinion of Council, has made an important contribution to Chemical Education in New Zealand. (Note: The award will normally be made to a secondary teacher actively involved in teaching chemistry);

  3. The award shall consist of a certificate and a prize of $1000;

  4. The award is not restricted to financial members of the Institute;

  5. Application for the award may be made by individuals, or nominations may be made by any Branch Committee or by any individual financial member of the Institute;

  6. Applications or nominations must be received by the NZIC Administration, PO Box 39 112, Harewood, Christchurch, by the 30th June in the year of the award. Each application or nomination must include a full curriculum vitae and two independent supporting statements from referees commenting on the educational activities of the candidate and their significance to chemical education.

Previous recipients:

2005 Trevor Kitson
2006 Denis Hogan
2007 Adrian Jull
2008 Craig Steed
2009 Ian Torrie
2010 Jan Giffney
2011 Robert Maclagan
2012 Rudi Jansen
2013 Duncan Smith
2014 Suzanne Boniface

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