Bristol students win Waste Management Symposium prizes

There was success for University of Bristol PhD students at the recent Waste Management Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona.

Roy G Post Scholarship Award

Dean Connor, from the School of Physics, was successful in receiving a Dr Roy G. Post Foundation Scholarship for the Symposium. Dean was awarded the $7500 postgraduate scholarship alongside seven other students from the UK and the USA.

Speaking about the award, Dean said: "Sometimes academia can feel somewhat thankless, particularly at PhD level. Everything moves so quickly and you barely have time to appreciate the quality or relevance of your own work to a wider audience. So to have your research and voluntary contributions recognised on an international stage is a great feeling.

Next year the Waste Management Symposia are presenting the UK as their featured country, which means that there will be many more scholarship places available for UK-based students. If you work in anything to do with nuclear waste, or anything that can be tangentially related to it, make sure you apply! I'd like to thank the Roy G. Post Foundation and its sponsors for my graduate scholarship award."

Roy G. Post was the founding chief executive of the Waste Management Symposia. The Roy G. Post Foundation is a non-profit organisation formed by his students, peers and protégés to provide scholarships to students to develop careers in the safe management of nuclear materials and to participate in the Waste Management conference.

Student Poster Competition

Whilst at the Symposium, Erin Holland won the Student Poster Competition for her work on material characterisation supporting site remediation in Ukraine. This was part of a research fieldtrip conducted in October 2019, supported by the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics.

The poster competition has over 40 students participating and provides and excellent opportunity to meet and interact with industry professionals from around the world.

UK research represented at Waste Management Symposium

Elsewhere at the Symposium the TRANSCEND consortium, made up of 11 UK universities and eight industry partners, presented its research.

TRANSCEND (Transformative Science and Engineering for Nuclear Decommissioning) is a £9.4m research programme which is addressing some of the key challenges within the areas of nuclear decommissioning and waste management. The consortium includes Hub members the universities of Bristol and Southampton.

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