EPS / British Science Association Undergraduate Project Prize

The Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) in collaboration with the British Science Association awards an annual prize to the best final year undergraduate project in experimental psychology submitted from a UK psychology honours degree programme.

This prize will be presented at the following year’s annual British Science Festival.

The prize consists of:

    • Full registration, accommodation and travel expenses to attend the British Science Festival
    • £500
    • Presentation of the award by the Psychology Section President at the British Science Festival
    • The opportunity to deliver a brief talk on the research project at a meeting of the EPS

The EPS/British Science Association Undergraduate Project Prize: Rules and Conditions of the Award

The purpose of the award is to give public recognition to the excellent scientific work being supported and carried out by able undergraduates within psychology departments. The institution from which the winning entry is chosen will be mentioned alongside the winner’s name in all publicity associated with the award.

Nominations, in accordance with the rules and conditions below, are sought through Heads of Departments of psychology by 10th July each year. Nominations may be considered where results are not known until after the closing date; please email expsychsoc@kent.ac.uk if this is the case.

The award is restricted to students registered on the final year of a BPS approved UK honours degree course in psychology in the year of nomination.

Only students intending to pursue postgraduate studies in psychology, broadly construed, are eligible for nomination.

Nominated projects should be experimental studies such as might be eligible for publication in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, and for presentation at an EPS meeting.

Nominations should be approved and forwarded by the Head of Department (or other person with managerial responsibility for the degree programme) on behalf of the nominee, and should include:

An electronic copy of the project as submitted for examination;

*          A statement of the degree for which the project has been submitted, and a statement that the nominee is expected to receive that degree in the current year;

*          A statement that the nominee will be available to attend the British Science Festival in September of the following year to receive the award, if successful;

*          A statement that that the nominee, and project supervisor, understand that the winner will be invited to present the project at an EPS meeting during the coming year (on a date convenient to both of them). The supervisor will also be invited to attend this presentation;

*          Confirmation in writing from the project supervisor, that the nominee intends to pursue postgraduate studies in psychology (broadly construed);

*          A contact address, email address and phone number for the nominee in the period July to September.

Other than in exceptional circumstances, for which explanation should be supplied, submission should be restricted to one project per institution.

The EPS will be responsible for the final selection of the recipient of the award, and the administration of the award will be undertaken jointly by the Psychology Section of the British Science Association, and by the EPS.

In the first instance, submissions should be sent to:

Sam Hurn, EPS Administrator, School of Psychology, Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NP

or emailed to expsychsoc@kent.ac.uk.

The outcome of the competition will be announced between the end of October and early November in the year of nomination.

Further information:

Previous Undergraduate Project Prize winners

Undergraduate Prize lectures (members’ only)