ENTRIES have opened for an essay prize for those in the early stages of their career.
This is the second year of the IPEM/Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers (WCSIM) joint essay prize, which is open to members of either organisation who are in the early stages of their career, typically within 10-15 years of graduation or of commencing their relevant employment.
The essay should be a maximum of 1,000 words and should be understood by members of the general public. The title of the 2021 essay is 'Re-think of medical imaging: How could new methods, technologies and work practices impact the post Covid backlog and patient outcomes?’
The closing date for applications is Saturday 31 July and applications should be emailed to Marie Goodall (email@example.com) at the IPEM National Office. IPEM and WCSIM will each nominate a judge.
A prize of £500 and an IPEM Gold Medal will be presented to the winner at one of the WCSIM’s social events, usually the October banquet, by IPEM’s President and the Master of WCSIM.
The winning essay will be published in SCOPE and announced in the WCSIM’s regular news bulletin and placed on both institutions’ websites.
Professor Stephen O’Connor, IPEM’s President, said: ‘We had some fantastic entries for last year’s inaugural essay prize, which was won by James Bezer, a PhD engineering student at Imperial College in London.
‘I would encourage as many of our early career healthcare scientists to enter the competition and we look forward to receiving your entries.’
The WCSIM is one of the modern livery companies of the City of London and a charity which promotes the craft of scientific instrument making and the exchange of ideas and information by members and guests through meetings, visits, lectures and social events. WCSIM provides opportunities for members to encourage and support younger members and engage with schools at careers’ fairs and support STEM days. The Livery encourages young people to participate in scientific instrumentation through grants, prizes, scholarships and apprenticeships. The Livery has relationships with a number of universities as well as the armed forces and the Arkwright Scholarship Scheme.
A link between IPEM and WCSIM meets the charitable objectives of both organisations.
A member of the Livery company, Jessica Leigh Jones MBE, has produced a short video about the benefits of the prize, which you can see here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1EIJJefvUme1JA1e14Mc_kuA2h896a0cM?usp=sharing
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