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TRFA Calls for Entries for Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award

07 February 2012

The Thermoset Resin Formulators Association's (TRFA) 3rd Annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award Competition designed to encourage and recognise advances in the science and engineering of the thermoset polymer industry will take place at their 10th anniversary and the award presentation will be at the 10th Annual Meeting, October 28-30 in Orlando, Florida, US.

The Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award Competition is open to all BS, MS and PhD students at an accredited college or university in the USA and Canada. Entries must be in the form of research papers in the traditional scientific journal format. Research topic should be related to Thermoset Polymer Science and Technology. In 2010, TRFA initiated the award for student researchers to encourage and recognise advances in the science & engineering of thermosetting polymers.  The association believes the award can provide the recipient with visibility and exposure in the industry.

TFRA say the recipient of the Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award Competition will be invited to present the winning paper at the TRFA Annual Meeting October 30, 2012 in Orlando, Florida with complimentary registration for one person. The prize also includes two night complimentary accommodation at Loew’s Royal Pacific Resort (TRFA's meeting hotel), additional travel allowance for one person up to $500, a $500 cash award and an award plaque. The winning paper will also be posted on the TRFA website.

TFRA explain that entry forms must be submitted to TRFA Headquarters not later than April 15, 2012. Research papers must be received not later than May 31, 2012.

In addition to the research award, TRFA invites students to present posters showcasing research work in the field of composites, coatings, adhesives, molding or related thermosetting polymer technologies. Poster presentations are part of the Table Top Showcase scheduled for Monday, September 29th. TFRA say that participating students have the opportunity to network with representatives of some of the suppliers to the thermoset/polymer industry.