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Biophysical Sciences Institute

BSI Thesis Prize

This new annual prize celebrates Durham University’s excellent interdisciplinary Postgraduate Students. The prize focusses on students who have applied creativity and initiative to their research, particularly those who have driven the research far beyond expectations. The assessment takes into account the excellence of the science included in the nominee’s thesis as well as their development as a researcher with the skills and breadth of knowledge needed for interdisciplinary research.

BSI Thesis Prize Winners

2018: Ms Diana Gimenez-Ibanez. Thesis title: Exploring the applications of fluorine for peptoid structure induction (PhD supervisor Dr Steven Cobb, Department of Chemistry).

About the BSI Thesis Prize

Who is Eligible?

Nominees must have submitted their theses during the academic year June 2018-June 2019 and have been postgraduate students at Durham University (their degrees must be awarded by Durham University). A large portion of the nominee’s research must be cross-disciplinary at the boundaries between the life sciences and other physical sciences including mathematical sciences and engineering.

What is the Prize?

The prize consists of a £500 payment and prize certificate. The presentation of the prize will be made at the BSI’s annual Summer Research Showcase to be held towards the end of the summer term or at a similar key event in the BSI calendar.

How to make a nomination

Please make nominations by email to

Nominations must include:

  • Abstract of thesis
  • Letter of support (limited to one page)
  • At least two expert reports from outside of the supervisory team e.g. Examiners’ report
  • List of publications and presentations associated with the nominee’s thesis (if not included in letter of support)
  • Nominee’s CV.

Closing Date

Nominations close on the 7th of June 2019.


Evaluation of the nominations will take into account:

  • Outstanding performance of the student and their development as a researcher.
  • Impact on the field of research as evidenced by the nominees publications and presentations, as well as the external expert reports.
  • Quality of the cross-disciplinary aspect of the research, in particular, was the approach relevant and well considered.

The BSI Community

"The BSI is a community of interdisciplinary academics, researchers and students who have research interests at the boundary between the life sciences and the other sciences including physics, chemistry and psychology, as well as mathematics and engineering."

- Professor John Girkin, BSI Director.