Bursaries offered by the Atomic Spectroscopy Group
Allan Ure Memorial Bursary
The Allan Ure Bursary is awarded on an annual basis, alternately by the Atomic Spectroscopy Group of the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (ASG, AD, RSC) and the Atomic Spectrometry Updates (ASU) Editorial Board.
The award is presented to a scientist, at the start of their career, who the adjudicators believe has made a significant contribution to knowledge in the area of the application of atomic spectrometry to environmental science.
The successful applicant will receive £500 to help with any expenses that may be of benefit to their career. For example, this could be to travel to or attend a conference, so that they may present their work.
This award is in memory of Dr Allan Ure, a distinguished analytical chemist who spent many years working with both ASU and ASG. Allan championed the fields of environmental analytical chemistry, atomic spectrometry and speciation and was a pioneer in the development of sequential extraction methods for soils and sediments.
His encouragement and support of young scientists be they undergraduates, postgraduates or post-doctoral fellows and lecturers, was well known. It is therefore fitting that to honour Allan's achievements and the contribution he has made to our science, this bursary be given to help start a scientist's career.
Current Winner - 2019
The focus of her PhD research was the tracing of isotopically labelled metal nanoparticles to investigate the uptake and distribution in wheat plants at environmentally relevant concentrations (i.e. at or below the LOD of GF-AAS) using multi-collector ICP-MS. The Allan Ure Bursary enabled Denitsa to support a 6-week visit to the Vrije University Amsterdam and to present her work at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in Helsinki in May 2019, presenting the data she collected earlier from the Vrije University Amsterdam. Please see the bursary report for further information.
Allan Ure Memorial Bursary Past Winners
Atomic Spectroscopy Group Travel Bursary
Newer members of ASG, e.g. postgraduate students, postdoctoral research fellows and scientists who have been in the industry for less than five years, may apply for travel bursaries totaling up to £500, so that they may present their work at national and international conferences.
In order to be considered for a bursary, please complete the application form. Applications are accepted all year round on a first come first serve basis.
Please note that as a condition of support, a 250-word report must be submitted to the committee within a month after attendance at the conference so that, with the author's permission, it may be considered for presentation on the ASG website.
Past grants awarded
In 2023, grants were given to Joshua Millar, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK and to Shaun Thomas Lancaster, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria to attend the European Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry (EWCPS) from 29 January to 3 February 2023. The bursary reports are available as a downloadable file.
In 2022, grants were given to Neelam Manzor, Royal Collage, University of Strathclyde, Glasglow, UK and to Elnaz Barati, Imperial College London, UK, to attend the 20th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium (BNASS) on 28-29 June 2022. The bursary reports are available as a downloadable file.
In 2017, a grant was Eva Smpokou, University College London, UK to attend the International Congress of Occupational Health in Dublin from 29 April - 4 May 2018. The bursary report is available as a downloadable file.
In 2016, a grant was given to Nunnapus Laitip from the University of Aberdeen, UK, to attend the 18th BNASS conference in Liverpool, in July 2016. The bursary report is available as a downloadable file.
Joshua Millar and Shaun Thomas Lancaster EWCPS Reports
Neelam Manzoor and Elnaz Barati BNASS Reports