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Excellence in Thermoset Polymer
Research Award

$500 Cash Prize!

Click here for complete information and an Award Entry Form.

The Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) is pleased to announce their 8th Annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award Competition to encourage and recognize advances in the science and engineering of the thermoset polymer industry.

To participate:

  • 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

Grand Prize includes:

  • $500 cash award and an award plaque
  • Invitation to present the winning paper at the TRFA Annual Meeting March 12, 2018 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, TN with complimentary registration for one person
  • Two night complimentary accommodation at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
  • Additional travel allowance for one person
  • Winning paper posted on the TRFA website

Entry Forms are Due September 22, 2017
Papers are Due October 27, 2017

Click here for informaiton on the 2018 Award Competition including criteria and entry form.

2017 Award Winner:

The 1st place winner of the 2017 award is "Bio-based Polyols using Thiol-Ene Chemistry for Rigid Polyurethane Foams with Enhanced Flame Retardant Properties by Charith Ranaweera of Pittsburg State University."

2017 Honorable Mention Winners
John Vegara
Drexel University
Research Paper: "Synthesis and characterization of fatty acid modified amines with improved water barrier properties"

Bhishma Sedai
Oklahoma State University
Research Paper: "Thermal and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis of Treated Diatomaceous Earth and Epoxy Composites"

James Townsend
Clemson University
Research Paper: "The Effect of Surface Modification on Formation and Properties of Silicon Carbide Whisker-Epoxy Nanocomposites"

For additional information contact alin@trfa.org.