Call for Applications: Martha Salcudean Prize in Mechanical Engineering – Deadline: July 31, 2022

Martha Salcudean Prize in Mechanical Engineering

Prizes totaling $1,000 have been made available annually by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, in memory of Professor Martha Salcudean (FRSC, OC, OBC) (1934-2019) for outstanding Ph.D. students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering who have written a strong doctoral dissertation. Professor Salcudean was born in Romania, and was a survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. She emigrated from communist Romania to Canada in 1975, and was a professor at the University of Ottawa before arriving at UBC. Professor Salcudean served as Head of the UBC Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1985 to 1993, and was integral to the growth of the department. She was an internationally distinguished researcher recognized for her contributions to metallurgy and pulp and paper processes.

Eligibility : Mechanical Engineering students must have submitted the final copy of their PhD thesis to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Note: if you have applied for the Governor General’s Gold Medal in February 2022, you will automatically be considered for the Martha Salcudean Prize in Mechanical Engineering and no extra application will be required.

Evaluation criteria: The award(s) will be given to the student(s) who has achieved an outstanding academic record as a doctoral student(s), as assessed through the applicant’s submitted materials: Transcripts, CV, External Examiner’s report on doctoral dissertation, letter of support from thesis supervisor.

Value: Each award is valued at $1,000. The prize is contingent on a candidate who is outstanding in the above criteria, and may not be awarded every year.

A complete application will consist of the following, sent to no later than Sunday, July 31, 2022:

  • Application Form (attached)
  • Resume/CV
  • Copy of External Examiner’s report on doctoral dissertation
  • Letter of support from thesis supervisor (The letter of support must be sent directly from the supervisor to

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