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Scientific Undergraduate Academic Prize


There are three prizes (first, second and third). All winners will receive a certificate and the first prize winner will be invited to present their work at the RCOG Annual Academic Meeting, therefore they must be available to travel. The award will not normally be awarded in absentia. In the unlikely event they cannot attend, the award will pass to the next eligible candidate.


This award is specifically for current undergraduate students in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. You must satisfy the criteria of the award at the time of application, not at the time of the award being given.


Submission should be presented as a written report, in the format of a research paper in preparation for submission to a scientific journal (using any standard format such as Vancouver style), with a 150 word structured abstract.

Applicants should clarify their contribution to the project.

A significant proportion of the marks will be allocated to expression of the aims and objectives of the work, depth of research skills developed and insight achieved from the work; the prize will be assessed based on the scientific criteria and it is important to ensure that the abstract reflects individual contribution; marks will be also allocated for the presentation of the paper, in length, structure & formatting, spelling and grammar, referencing and the use of tables, figures and illustrations, as well as the ease of understanding by an independent reader.

Reports exceeding 3,500 words will not be considered.

Poster submissions will not be accepted in place of written submissions.

Any research submitted for the Annual Undergraduate Scientific Prize must be EITHER unpublished material, submitted for publication, or published with the last 12 months.

Applicants may not jointly submit an application for this award.

How to apply

Please complete the online application via Oxford Abstracts.

This application is hosted by Oxford Abstracts platform.

Please register for an account using your email address.

For further guidance on how to submit your application, please see Oxford Abstracts' guidance on making a submission.

The deadline for submission is Friday 17 June 2022.

How your application will be judged

Your application will be assessed on the following:

  • Research question
  • Literature review
  • Critical discussion
  • Clinical relevance
  • Level of involvement
  • References

The Scientific Undergraduate Academic Prize is for a written report in format of a research paper in preparation for a submission to a scientific journal.