Tom and Mary Cross Prize 2022

31 Mar 2022

The Tom and Mary Cross Prize 2022 has been launched to promote the importance of research publications by Postdoctoral Fellows at BEES.

The Tom & Mary Cross Prize (value €300) was instigated by Professor Tom Cross to celebrate the great times that he and his late wife, Mary, had in UCC, in what has now become BEES. Mary worked as a Research Scientist in Fish Diseases and Genetics, whereas Tom was a member of faculty, retiring as Head of ZEPS in 2011. He remains active in the fish genetics group in BEES, led by Dr Tom Reed and Professor Phil McGinnity, and participates in four or more papers each year. 

Professor Cross wants to promote the importance of research publications. The Prize targets Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs) to encourage them to publish, as they are undertaking most of the research. Furthermore, interest in this prize should assist them in their journey towards becoming independent scientists, who can effectively compete to secure future employment in the global science community. 

The competition is open all papers submitted and accepted for publication between 2019 and 2022 with applicants as first author and with BEES as their address (PDFs who have already left BEES will obviously have a different current address). This should encompass work conducted by PDFs in BEES, but also prior work submitted while employed as PDFs in UCC.  The only exclusion is those who have won the prize in previous years. 

Application is simple, involving the submission of the paper, a brief description of motivation and a CV. If shortlisted by the assessors (incorporating all BEES disciplines) applicants will then be asked to engage in a brief on-line interview. Applications should be emailed to  

Closing Date for the 2022 competition is Friday, 20th May 2022, 5.00pm. 

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