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Patricia Tomkins Undergraduate Prize


The Royal Astronomical Society invites nominations for the Patricia Tomkins Undergraduate Prize, sponsored by the Patricia Tomkins Foundation, which is awarded for excellent laboratory work on instrumentation undertaken as part of a course related to astronomy or geophysics.


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.


Self-nominations may be made by students, but should be accompanied by a covering letter from their supervisor or academic tutor in support of the application.


Word nomination form

pdf nomination form


Nominations should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31 May and should include:


  • The above nomination form
  • A short report from the student on the instrumentation project (maximum length four A4 pages)
  • A covering letter from the supervisor or academic tutor.