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ICDD Diffraction Data Crystallography Scholarship Awards

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ICDD Diffraction Data Crystallography Scholarship Awards

The International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) is a non-profit
scientific organization dedicated to collecting, editing, publishing, and
distributing powder diffraction data for the identification of crystalline
materials. The membership of the ICDD consists of worldwide representation
from academe, government, and industry. It is our mission to continue as
the world center for quality powder diffraction data to meet the needs of
the technical community. The ICDD promotes the applications of materials
characterization methods in science and technology by providing a forum
for the exchange of ideas and information by means of technical meetings,
schools, and conferences. 

The science of crystallography has played a key role in the development of
X-ray diffraction, electron diffraction and neutron diffraction for the
elucidation of the atomic structure of matter. Crystallography is an
interdisciplinary branch of science taught in departments of physics,
chemistry, geology, molecular biology, metallurgy and materials science.
To encourage promising graduate students to pursue
crystallographically-oriented research, the International Centre for
Diffraction Data (ICDD) has established a Crystallography Scholarship
Fund. While the Ewald Prize is awarded every three years to an
internationally recognized crystallographer, little effort has been made
by science departments to cultivate aspiring crystallographers. Convinced
of the beneficial, scientific impact of the proposed scholarships for
crystallographically-oriented research, the ICDD has solicited funds from
private and industrial sectors to support this program. The ICDD has
awarded two scholarships in 1992, two in 1993, three in 1994, three in
1995, four in 1996, and four in 1997. Applications for the 1998 awards
must be received by ICDD no later than 31 October 1997. 

Qualifications for the applicants: 

The applicant should be a graduate student seeking a degree with major
interest in crystallography e.g. crystal structure analysis, crystal
morphology, modulated structures, correlation of atomic structure with
physical properties, systematic classification of crystal structures,
phase identification and materials characterization. There are no
restrictions on country, race, age or sex. The term of the scholarship is
one year. Application for one renewal may be made by the recipient at the
end of the first year. Because a limited number of scholarships are
awarded, renewal applications will be considered on a competitive basis in
conjunction with all applications that have been submitted up to the
closing date. 


1.Curriculum Vitae, listing degree(s) held and degree(s) sought. 2.A
one-page proposal by the graduate student describing the type of
crystallographic research to be partially supported by the scholarship.
3.A supportive letter from the sponsoring professor of an accredited
university or an institute of technology on institution letterhead. 

Restrictions on the scholarship fund: 

1.The scholarship stipend of $2,000 is to be used by the graduate student
to help defray tuition, laboratory fees and cost of books and/or journals
on crystallography. A portion of the stipend may be applied to
registration fees to accredited scientific meetings related to
crystallography. 2.No more than one scholarship will be awarded to
applicants at any one accredited institution per year. 3.The funds of the
scholarship are not to be used for travel. 

The awarding of the scholarships shall be administered by a committee
consisting of the ICDD Chairman, the Chairman of the ICDD Technical
Committee, the Chairman of the ICDD Education Subcommittee and one or two
individuals without a conflict of interest. One or more accredited
professors (with no conflicts of interest) may be invited to assist in the
selection of successful candidates.

Applications must be received by 31 October 1997. Please mail to:

Secretary, International Centre for Diffraction Data
12 Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, PA 19073-3273 U.S.A.

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