Category Archives: Award

SCI Scholarship award

Many congratulations to Angelica Orsi, a 2nd-year PhD student working with Professor Paul Wright in Chemistry, who has just been awarded a SCI Scholarship. The Scholarship provides an additional £5,000 for her research related activities.

Angelica says: ’Being awarded this prestigious SCI Scholarship will enable me to acquire further equipment for my studies and fund possible conference excursions to build relationships with both academic and industrial communities.’

Best Poster Award

Katie Self won the Best Poster Award at the RSC Solid State Christmas Meeting in December 2014, hosted by the University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde, for her poster presentation titled “Reversed Crystal Growth of Rhombohedral Calcite”. The award came with a £200 bursary towards sending Katie to an international conference (which she used to attend the Advances in Functional Materials 2015 meeting in New York, 29 June – 3 July).

Katie had previously been awarded First Prize for her oral presentation titled “Reversed Crystal Growth of ZnO Microdisks” at the Northern Postgraduate Chemical Engineering Conference held at Newcastle University in August 2013, as shown on the picture.

Prize in “Crystals as Art” competition

Dr Heather Greer won second prize in the “Crystals as Art” competition open to all registered delegates of the 46th British Association for Crystal Growth Annual Conference held on 21-23 June 2015 at Queen Mary University, London. The prize was awarded for Heather’s coloured Scanning Electron Microscope image of a rose-like BiOBr particle.

Teaching award

Congratulations to Jane Wishart who won the student nominated award for Excellence in Teaching – Honours Level at Wednesday’s University Teaching Awards.  Jane won the award for her enthusiastic and inspiring teaching, pastoral support of students and for providing opportunities for students to gain research experience.

Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgan Prize

Sharon Ashbrook, a physical chemistry professor at the University of St Andrews, was awarded the Corday-Morgan Prize for 2015. The award recognises the year’s most meritorious contributions to chemistry. Sharon’s research focuses on the application of multinuclear solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy techniques.

Robert Campbell Postgraduate Prize

Cristina Evans, a second year postgraduate student who is researching the dynamics of water availability to riparian trees, was awarded the Robert Campbell Postgraduate Prize in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences (DEES), in recognition of outstanding progress in research and for significant contributions to the research community during 2014-15. Robert Campbell was a research student in DEES who sadly died in August 2013. This award for research postgraduates in the Department was established in his memory.

The photograph shows Cristina being presented with the award by Professor Peter Cawood (Head of Department) in front of a flourishing oak tree at Andrew Melville Hall, planted there in memory of Rob by the students he cared for while serving as an assistant warden.

University Excellence in Teaching Award

Ruth Robinson received a University Excellence in Teaching Award on 29th April 2015 which is a Head of School nomination and is judged by a panel of senior University staff. Ruth’s award was in recognition of her work establishing the mobile outreach project called GeoBus and for contributions to curriculum development over the last several years, and for the development of the new MSc Geochemistry degree which will launch in 2016.


Royal Scottish Geographical Society Honorary Fellowship

Ruth Robinson received an honorary Fellowship from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society on 4th February 2015, in recognition of her work establishing the GeoBus project which takes geology, and Earth science more broadly, to secondary schools around Scotland, for pushing for the retention of Earth science education in Scottish schools, and for establishing the Scotland Rocks conferences for Higher Geology school pupils with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. The Fellowship was most appropriately awarded at the reception of the Scotland Rocks 2015 conference in March at the Fair Maid’s House in Perth.