Sir Kenneth Blaxter Award
The Sir Kenneth Blaxter award is an annual scholarship aimed at providing opportunities to enhance skills and experiences. The Award is open to those in the early stages of their career from all branches of animal science. Any reasonable proposal within the scope of the scheme will be considered.
Who was Kenneth Blaxter?
Sir Kenneth Blaxter was a key researcher in the fields of animal and human nutrition and animal husbandry. He studied at Reading, where he wrote his PhD thesis, 'The maintenance of the winter milk supply in wartime'. As head of the nutrition department at the Hannah Dairy Research Institute in Ayr, Scotland, he wrote over 200 papers focusing on energy metabolism and feed usage by ruminants. He also looked at nutritional diseases and magnesium deficiency in calves, the effect of temperature and other environmental effects on sheep, and ruminant digestion and feed intake. Sir Kenneth finished his career as director of the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, where his research studies expanded to include deer farming, llamas, human nutrition, feed evaluation, environmental stress and animal calorimetry.
A project, study tour or meeting attendance. The award may be used for travel to conferences but in this case the awards panel will seek evidence of added value such as giving a presentation or poster and particularity where funding is used to visit establishments or engage with other scientists.
Review of competition entries
Applications to the Kenneth Blaxter Award will be assessed based on the application form. In making its decision, the selection panel will consider the relevance of the applicants work and the extent to which they will benefit from receiving the award and that the application fits with the scope of the Award to enhance skills and experience.
The project/study tour/meeting attendance must be completed within 12 months of the closing date of the Award. Successful candidates will be asked to prepare a report of their award, which will be published, on the BSAS website. Following completion of the scholarship, recipients of the award are expected to (i) attend and present the outputs from the award at the BSAS annual conference student day (funding may be available for this) and (ii) submit a short report / poster which will be uploaded to the society’s website.
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What is the prize?
Worth up to £1500, based on the quality and type of application, the scholarship can be used for travel in the UK or overseas, or for a specified overseas study tour.
How do I apply?
Open to applicants from all branches of animal science who are in the early years of their career. Applications will only be accepted from BSAS members who have been a member of the society for a minimum of 6 months. Please complete the on-line application form and return by the application deadline.