Young Surface Analyst Prizes (Seah and Castle)

The UKSAF YSA competition is held every two years (even numbered years) during the UKSAF summer meeting and is intended to encourage and promote talented surface analysts at an early stage in their careers. There are two prizes associated with the competition named after Martin Seah and Jim Castle. Both Martin and Jim played a leading role in the development of surface analysis, were prominent members of UKSAF and have encouraged and educated innumerable young scientists throughout their careers.

The Seah Award £250 Best Overall (Oral + Poster) Presentation

The Castle Award £150 Best Poster Presentation
(The winner of the Seah Award will not be eligible to win the Castle Award)

All aspects of the Competition, including abstracts, presentations and posters, will be assessed by a panel of judges. All finalists invited to give a presentation at the UKSAF Meeting will receive reimbursement of their travelling and accommodation expenses for the Meeting up to a maximum of £100 (receipts required), and their Meeting fee will be waived

The competition typically has the following format and rules:-

  1. The analyst must be UNDER 30 years of age on the date of the meeting.
  2. The analyst can be from either an industrial or an academic institution.
  3. The analyst MUST be responsible for most of the measurements reported in the presentation and poster.
  4. The analyst should submit an abstract (250-500 words) two months before the competition.
  5. The invited finalists will each prepare a poster (max. size A0) for the UKSAF Meeting.
  6. The invited finalists will submit an electronic version of the content of their poster in advance of the Meeting. The purpose of this is to give the judges time to familiarise themselves with the content of the poster prior to the Meeting, allowing the best use of the limited time available for judging at the Meeting itself. This should be received one month before the meeting. The layout of this advance copy is not important but the content (text and images) should be essentially the same as will be used in the final poster.
  7. The actual poster should be on display before the meeting starts to allow the judging to start and the posters to be seen by arriving UKSAF attendees. The analysts should also be at their posters during the lunch break. All posters should be removed at the end of the meeting.
  8. The analyst will give a short oral presentation  at the UKSAF meeting. The ability to keep to the allotted time will form part of the assessment procedure. All attendees at the meeting will be encouraged to ask questions.
  9. The following prizes will be awarded:-
    • Seah Award                 £250    for Best Overall Presentation (Poster & Oral)
      Castle Award               £150    for Best Poster Presentation
    • (Note that the winner of the Seah Award will not be eligible to win the Castle Award.)

Previous winners of the Seah and Castle Awards:

  Young Scientist (Seah) Award Best Poster (Castle) Award
2016  Aleksej Popel  David Cant
2014  Andreea Iuras  
2012 Tara Salter Moamen Hammad
2010 Ali Rafati Andrew Bowfield
2006 Michelle Dickinson  Christopher Baker-Brian
2004 Tom Scott Charlotte E Thompson
2002 Jae Won Choi Charles A Clifford