The NASI – Scopus Young Scientist Awards

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Even though India has come to be known for its expertise in computer science and software, and the general perception is that pursuing of pure sciences is on the decline, we still have umpteen brilliant young minds dedicated to science and research. It is for these young, scientific minds that the NASI – Scopus Young Scientist Awards are given out every year. In partnership with the National Academy of Sciences (NASI) India since 2006, these awards recognise and reward the talent, research and expertise of young, innovative researchers in the country. The awards are given away in 10 major scientific disciplines, including agriculture, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, biological sciences, earth, oceanographic and environmental science, library and information science, medicine and the social sciences. The award carries a Scopus plaque, a citation and a cash prize of Rs.50,000. Applications are invited from across the country, from students from scientific institutes and universities in different disciplines. The criterion for selection of the winner involves both quantitative and qualitative measures of the work. While Scopus provides the quantitative analysis of the work of the applicant, the subject experts from across the country assist in looking at the qualitative aspects of the research work. The primary criteria include research productivity, research impact, research excellence and research quality. Final selections will be based on short presentations of research work to be made by three shortlisted candidates in each subject area. To be eligible, you have to be an Indian citizen, currently residing and working in India. The registration for entries for the next round of awards will open sometime in mid-2012. Aspirants can log on to www.southasia.elsevier.com for further details on the awards. For those who wish to register their entries and receive updates on the upcoming awards can log on to www.southasia.elsevier.com/SYSA2012

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