The Roland B. Snow award is presented to the Best of Show winner of the Ceramographic Exhibit & Competition, an annual poster exhibit to promote the use of microscopy and microanalysis as tools in the scientific investigation of ceramic materials.

Deadline: Submit PDF files of your poster together with a professional portrait photo of the lead author via email directly to benthem@ucdavis.edu. Please send your poster files no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2020.

In 2020, the Ceramographic Competition will be held in a virtual format hosted on this webpage. To ensure social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic while also showcasing the excellent scientific and artistic work carried out by ceramic scientists, all submitted posters will be prominently displayed on this webpage. From the submitted poster submissions (see Rules of Entry below) a committee of ACerS scientists will select first, second, and third place winners for each category with a certificate and a monetary awards of $75, $50 and $25, respectively.

The Best of Show winner will be announced on this webpage on Wednesday November 4, 2020. The poster awarded Best of Show will receive the Roland B. Snow Award, which includes a $1,500 monetary award, certificate, and commemorative glass piece. Note that the Roland B. Snow winner does not get the monetary category award mentioned above, just the $1,500 award.

Winning entries may appear on the back covers of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society throughout the year.

Participants are encouraged to submit entries in one or more of the following categories:

  • Optical Microscopy (including confocal)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Transmission and/or Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Microanalysis / Combined Techniques
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Undergraduate Studies

Rules of Entry:

1. Previous entries are not acceptable.

2. Only 2 entries per category per person.

3. Poster should have the dimensions 41 cm by 51 cm with NO MORE than four images/graphs.

4. Descriptive text should be limited to 75 words or less.

5. Entries shall be clearly labeled on the front face with the following information:

  • Category (lower right hand corner)
  • Concise title (across top of poster)
  • Names and affiliations of contributors below title.

6. Undergraduate student entrants must be enrolled in ceramic courses at the time posters are produced.

7. If fewer than four entries are received per classification, they will be combined with another classification.

8. Sign and submit the Permission to Use Form.  The American Ceramic Society arranges to have some of the winning Ceramographic posters published on the back cover of the Journal each year. All entrants must complete the form and submit it along with an electronic copy of the poster and a professional portrait photo of the leader author to Klaus van Benthem. Receipt of the form and electronic poster allows ACerS to send posters to Wiley for possible publication in the Journal.

9. The Roland B. Snow awardee will be announced on this webpage on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

Contact Klaus van Benthem with any questions. 

Dr. Klaus van Benthem
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
1 Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616-5270

List of 2019 Ceramographic Winners
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List of 2017 Ceramographic Winners
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List of 2014 Ceramographic Winners
List of 2013 Ceramographic Winners
List of 2012 Ceramographic Winners
List of 2011 Ceramographic Winners

Deadline for Nominations:

11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 25, 2020