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WIN Rising Star Award in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

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The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) at the University of Waterloo is Canada’s largest nanotechnology institute committed to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. We are pleased to announce an international call for submission for the WIN Rising Star Award to recognize an emerging leader in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Eligibility: A full-time faculty member who has received their PhD in science/engineering in 2010 or later. The individual’s research interest must align with one or more of the thematic area(s) of WIN: Smart and Functional Materials; Connected Devices; Next Generation Energy Systems; and Therapeutics and Theranostics. Details about the thematic areas are available on our website. Applicants cannot be currently employed by the University of Waterloo. 

Award: Along with the $5,000 CAD honorarium, the award recipient will present a featured research seminar in the Waterloo Nanotechnology Conference in Fall 2020 (date to be announced).

Submission: The submission package should be one single PDF file containing the following: (a) One-page write-up about the impact of applicant’s research in the chosen thematic area(s) and its alignment with UN SDGs; (b) Full curriculum vitae; (c) Name and contact details of three references.

Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2020 via email to WIN Executive Director Professor Sushanta Mitra.  

Past Rising Star Award Recipients


The award condition stipulates that the awardee must be available in person to receive the award during Fall 2020. WIN will cover the economy fare journey of the awardee between Waterloo and her/his institution and up to two nights’ hotel stay in Waterloo. WIN reserves the right to give the award only to a deserving candidate, as outlined in the eligibility section, above.