The Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) has announced that beginning in 2010 it will present an Excellence in Polymer Research Award to a student researcher to encourage and recognize advances in the science and engineering of the thermoset polymer industry. In addition, TRFA believes the award can provide the recipient with visibility and exposure in the industry.

The annual Excellence in Polymer Research Award consists of: a $500 cash award and an award plaque; an invitation to present the paper at the TRFA annual meeting (with complimentary registration); a one-night accommodation for the winning student at the TRFA meeting’s hotel/venue (valued at ~$200); an additional travel allowance of up to $500; and posting of the winning paper on TRFA’s Web site.

All entries will be in the form of research papers in the traditional scientific journal format. Research topics should be related to thermoset polymer science and technology. Eligible students must be BS, MS, and PhD candidates at an accredited college/university in the U.S. or Canada. All research papers are due May 31 of each year.

In addition to the research award, TRFA will continue to invite student posters showcasing research work in the field of polymers, composites or related thermoset technologies. The poster competition takes place at the TRFA Annual Meeting during the Table Top Showcase and Reception. Registration to the Table Top Showcase is free for all students participating in the poster competition.

Participating students have the opportunity to network with representatives of some of the most important suppliers to the thermoset/polymer industry. Looking ahead, the 2010 Competition will be Monday, September 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at TRFA's 2010 Annual Meeting, to be held September 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio in San Antonio, TX.

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