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Uwe Radok Award for best PhD Thesis

Entries accepted until 31 May 2020

Dr Uwe Radok was one of Australia’s pioneers in meteorological and glaciological research. Becoming Head of the Department of Meteorology at the University of Melbourne in 1960, he played a leading role in the development of Australian Antarctic meteorology and glaciology. A meltwater lake in the Prince Charles Mountains in Antarctica has been named the Radok Lake after him.

In appreciation of Uwe Radok’s achievements, AMOS makes an annual award for the best PhD thesis for the preceding two years in the fields of meteorology, oceanography, glaciology or climatology awarded in Australia.  (Read more)

The Uwe Radok Award package

  • Invited oral presentation at the next AMOS Conference
  • Award presentation at the next AMOS Conference
  • $500 prize money
  • Waiver of registration fee for next AMOS Conference
  • Publication of summary paper in AMOS Bulletin

Application instructions

To apply for the Uwe Radok award, candidates are invited to submit a short scientific paper (<2 pages including figures and references) summarising the key outcomes of their research, a pdf version of their thesis and full copies of the examiners reports. The degree must have been awarded by an Australian University. This should be supported by a letter from the supervisor or Head of School which outlines why the PhD is considered outstanding (including a synopsis of any relevant comments from the examiners) and which indicates the extent to which the high quality of the thesis is due to the student themselves rather than to the supervisor(s).

To be eligible for consideration for this round, individuals must have been awarded their PhD (i.e., a final decision made by the awarding university, but not necessarily have graduated) between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 Dec 2019. Submissions will be thoroughly reviewed by an AMOS scientific panel under the criteria of:

  1. a) significance and innovation;
    b) approach, methodology and presentation; and
    c) potential longer-term benefit.

The academic supervisor may provide a brief statement stating any special effort made by a student from a non-English speaking background.

Download the application form at the bottom of this page and email (subject: Uwe Radok award) to: awards@amos.org.au by 31 MAY 2020

Note only PhDs awarded in calendar 2019 are eligible for the award this year (2020).

Selection criteria

Submissions will be thoroughly reviewed by an AMOS scientific panel under the criteria of:

  1. a) significance and innovation;
    b) approach, methodology and presentation; and
    c) potential longer-term benefit.

The academic supervisor may provide a brief statement stating any special effort made by a student from a non-English speaking background.

Download the application form and email awards@amos.org.au by 31 May 2020

AMOS Uwe Radok Award Recipients

2007: Gab Abramowitz – Macquarie University
2008: Alex Sen Gupta – University of New South Wales
2009: Caroline Ummenhofer – University of New South Wales
2010: Jan Zika – University of New South Wales
2011: Savin Chand – University of Melbourne
2012: Joel Pedro – University of Tasmania – and – Paul Durack – University of Tasmania
2013: Yi Huang – Monash University
2014: Adele Morrison – Australian National University
2015: Tim Cowan – University of New South Wales
2016: Nicola Maher – University of New South Wales
2017: Catherine A. Vreugdenhil – Australian National University
2019: Ariaan Purich – University of New South Wales

AMOS Awards Sub-Committee – Uwe Radok Award

Melissa Hart (Chair)
Kevin Walsh
Peter Strutton
Steve Siems
Shane Keating

AMOS Award Committee Contact

Beth Ebert
Chair, AMOS Awards Committee
Email: awards@amos.org.au

Uwe Radok Award for best PhD Thesis

Awards

The Society awards the following medals and prizes:

Morton Medal (formerly AMOS Medal) – biennial award recognising leadership in meteorology and/or oceanography and/or related fields, with particular emphasis on education and development of young scientists, and personal example in research.

Priestley Medal – biennial award for excellence in meteorological or oceanographic research.

Christopher Taylor Award – biennial award for operational forecasting and related investigations.

Uwe Radok PhD Thesis Award – annual award for the best PhD thesis for the preceding year in the fields of meteorology, oceanography, glaciology or climatology.

R.H. Clarke Lecture – annual invited review lecture by an expert in an aspect of meteorology or other related subjects.

AMOS Regional Awards for Academic Achievement – annual awards made in conjunction with AMOS Regional Centres and Universities to the best undergraduate student in their final year in the fields of meteorology, oceanography or related fields.

The Meyers Medal (formerly the AMOS Early Career Research Award) – biennial award to acknowledge high-quality and innovative contributions by young researchers in the early stages of their academic career to the sciences covered by AMOS.

Gibbs Medal – biennial award for long-term contribution to operational forecasting services.

AMOS Distinguished Research Award – biennial award aimed at scientists in their mature years who have carried out most of their research in Australia in recognition of a long and substantial learned research contribution together with a record of contribution to the Society through the promotion of its aims.

AMOS National Conference Awards – best student oral presentation and best student poster presentation – annual awards made in conjunction with the AMOS National Conference.

 

Awards nomination process

  • Nominations for the Morton Medal, the AMOS Early Career Research Award and the Gibbs Medal open on the 1 June and close on the 1 September every even year.
  • Nominations for the Priestley Medal, the Christopher Taylor Award and the AMOS Distinguished Research Award open on the 1 June and close on the 1 September every odd year.
  • The following persons are not eligible for any of the awards; the President, the vice President and the chair of the Awards Committee. Also all members of the 2014 Awards Committee are not eligible for the three newest awards, that is the AMOS Early Career Research Award, the Gibbs Medal and the AMOS Distinguished Research Award until 2018. In addition the chair of the selection committee for each award is not eligible for that award.
  • Nominations should be forwarded to the AMOS Administrative Officer at admin@amos.org.au.

Contents of a nomination package for all AMOS awards other than the Uwe Radok Award:

  • A nomination letter of no more than 2 pages. This letter should address the selection criteria for the specific award (these criteria are available on the specific Award webpages)
  • An accompanying brief CV of the nominee of no more than 2 pages.
  • A maximum of 3 letters of support, each no longer than 2 pages.
  • No publication list is to be included in the nomination package.
  • No copies of published papers are to be included in the nomination package.
  • Total maximum length of nomination package: 10 pages.

Honours

  • Fellow of AMOS
  • Honorary Members

Grants

Small monetary grants can be made from the R.H. Clarke Endowment to members or groups of members to help finance meteorological projects for which adequate funds are not otherwise available, or to assist with the attendance of younger members at conferences.

Contact

For further information on these aspects of the society’s activities please contact the Chair of the Awards Committee:
Neville Nicholls
Chair, AMOS Awards Committee
Email: awards@amos.org.au

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