Patricia Tomkins Undergraduate Prize

Image of Hinode probe (artist's impression) The Hinode spacecraft (Japanese for 'sunrise') was launched in September 2006, and is a joint collaboration between Japan, the US and UK, with UCL a key component of the UK contribution. UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory built the EIS (Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph) onboard Hinode.
Hinode probe (artist's impression)

A generous donation from the Patricia Tomkins Foundation funds a RAS 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 undergraduate prize of £500 will be awarded for excellent laboratory work on instrumentation undertaken as part of a course related to astronomy or geophysics. Applicants will be required to submit a short report (no longer than 4 pages) on their instrumentation project together with a covering letter from their academic tutor in support of the application. The deadline is 31 May.

To apply

Please complete the application form here.