[MSA-talk] Reynolds Cup 2018 registration is now open

Rieko Adriaens radriaens at qmineral.com
Tue Dec 12 06:00:40 EST 2017

Dear colleagues, 
The 9th biennial Reynolds Cup competition for quantitative mineral analysis
is now open. You can register your interest in participating in the contest
by sending an email to Rieko Adriaens radriaens at qmineral.com
<mailto:radriaens at qmineral.com> . The competition is open to anyone
interested in quantitative mineral analysis, with particular emphasis on
clay mineralogy. Information about the competition including guidelines and
previous winners can be found at http://clays.org/Reynolds.html . The
competition is free for all to enter, however, those that are not members of
the CMS are encouraged (but not obliged) to become members (see
Please use the following format when registering: 
Subject: Please put "Reynolds Cup 2018 registration" in the subject line in
your email request. In the body of the email please put the following
Shipping address: (that works for DHL/Courier delivery, e.g. physical
address not Postal Box)
Phone number (for delivery):
Email address:
A total of approximately 90 sets of samples will be available for
distribution. Each set comprises three samples of approximately 3-4 g with
mineral mixtures commonly found in clay bearing rocks. All sets of samples
will be distributed in the order of registration. Samples are expected to be
shipped at the latest at January 22nd 2018 with the deadline for submission
of results by April 16th 2018. The top three contestants with the most
accurate results will be announced at the 55th Annual Meeting
<http://conferences.illinois.edu/cms/>  of the Clay Minerals Society (June
11-14, 2018, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois).  Only the names of the top three
contestants will be published. The names of the other participants will
remain strictly confidential.
Because of the popularity of the Reynolds Cup and the enormous amount of
work put into its preparation, potential participants are strongly
encouraged to plan ahead and only request samples if they are sure they can
complete the analysis and return results to the organizers by the due date.
Those who request samples and do not send in results or fail to return the
samples unopened WELL BEFORE the due date will not be eligible to
participate in future Reynolds Cups. A waiting list will be kept to offer
returned samples to other potential participants.
To ensure an even wider exposure, we encourage you to forward this
announcement to your national mailing lists and mineralogy associations,
colleagues and friends who might be interested in participating.
We look forward to your participation! 
Rieko Adriaens
Gilles Mertens
Reynolds Cup 2018 organizers
University of Leuven
Qmineral Analysis & Consulting
Celestijnenlaan 200 E
Gaston Geenslaan 1
3001 Heverlee (BELGIUM)
3001 Heverlee (BELGIUM)
 <http://www.ees.kuleuven.be/geology> www.ees.kuleuven.be/geology
www.qmineral.com <http://www.qmineral.com>                
Tel. +32 16 32 64 42
Tel. +32 16 75 13 77


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