Awards, Medals and Prizes
Tomkins Thesis Prize
With a generous donation from the Patricia Tomkins Foundation the RAS is instituting a scheme of prizes and grants to encourage student interest in instrumentation science for astronomy and geophysics. While the support is aimed at developing skills in scientific hardware such as electronics, detectors and optics, the development of novel software specific to a hardware project will also be considered.
The Tomkins Thesis Prize of £1000 will be awarded to the best PhD thesis submitted in the previous 12 months in the area of instrumentation development as defined above. PhD supervisors will be required to submit a written nomination of no longer than two A4 pages outlining the case for an award by the deadline of 31 May 2013. No more than one prize will be awarded each year and the successful student will receive their prize from the RAS President at an Ordinary Meeting or the National Astronomy Meeting.