The Borealis Student Innovation Award is an international competition for students from all over the world. Following Borealis’ trailblazing mission of value creation through innovation, our award aims to recognise your innovative thinking and pioneering solutions.
The award recognises and rewards the three best thesis research papers (one for a bachelor’s degree graduate, one for a master’s degree graduate and one for a doctorate degree graduate).
The thesis work shall focus on one of the following research areas:
Olefin and polyolefin processes
Polyolefin polymer properties
Enhanced olefin analysis and polyolefin characterisation methods
Sustainability in or with polyolefins or base chemicals (i.e. circular economy, recycling, etc.)
Discoveries in the polyolefin world that have a practical relevance for society
Base chemical processes (ammonia, nitric acid, fertilizer, urea, melamine, phenol)
Over more than ten years of the competition, Borealis has seen over 250 applications from students representing more than 120 universities in 55 countries.
Application cover sheet
What can I win?
The Borealis Student Innovation Award consists of a certificate, the award, a trip to a Borealis Innovation Centre in May 2021 for a unique networking opportunity and a monetary sum of EUR 5,000 for the doctorate degree graduate awardee, EUR 2,000 for the master’s degree graduate awardee and EUR 1,000 for the bachelor’s degree graduate awardee. The winners will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their thesis work with members of the Borealis research team.
How are the three awardees selected?
A jury composed of high-level Borealis research representatives will assess the incoming abstracts.
Who can participate?
Graduates in the area of sustainability, chemistry, polymer chemistry, polymer science, polymer analytic, technical chemistry, mechanical and industrial engineering or applications with a particular focus on polyolefins, olefins or base chemicals. Your thesis should not be more than two years old and must be finalised by the end of February 2021 to be eligible for the award.
How do I apply?
To apply for the Borealis Student Innovation Award, please follow the instructions below to submit your application via email.
The Borealis Student Innovation Award application must be in English and consist of the three parts listed below. The application period begins September 1, 2020 and the deadline is March 1, 2021.
Application Cover Sheet ()
A maximum two-page abstract on your thesis
Your curriculum vitae (CV) (maximum two pages)
Please send these materials to . Please note that your application will not be considered unless you submit all required documents with a fully completed Application Cover Sheet.
In May 2020, a jury of high-level Borealis research experts selected the three winners of the 2019-2020 Student Innovation Award.
Helena Marion Weingrill
The PhD Thesis Award was presented to Helena Marion Weingrill from the Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria for her thesis titled, “Polymeric phase-change materials: applicability, functionalization and long-term stability.”
The Master Thesis Award was presented to Mario Messiha from the Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria for his thesis titled, “Impact of polyolefin impurities on lifetime relevant properties of polyethylene and polypropylene.”
Salah El Sadi
The Bachelor Thesis Award was presented to Salah El Sadi from Al Azhar University Gaza for her thesis titled, “Removal of Nitrates from Drinking water Using Chia seeds.”