Undergraduate Prize - Tripartite Award

Undergraduate Prize for best Marine Science Final Year Dissertation

The Challenger Society for Marine Science (CSMS), the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEst) and the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) jointly sponsor an undergraduate prize, worth £500, awarded each year to an undergraduate student who is enrolled on a full time Bachelors degree course in marine science, engineering or technology at a UK University or College.

The Challenger Society for Marine Science (CSMS), the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) organise a competitive award scheme to support students studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science or Technology at a UK University or College. The scheme is based on a single payment of up to £500 to the successful student. It is envisaged that one award will be presented each year.

One award of up to £500 will be awarded each year.


Final Year students enrolled on UK University or College Marine Science or Technology courses. Subject areas for study should directly linked to marine science. Applicants must be student members of either the CSMS, IMarEST or SUT. An individual will only be eligible for one undergraduate dissertation award from the awards schemes of any of these three societies. Supervisors of Challenger Society applicants should be full members of the Challenger Society.

Each academic year, CSMS, IMarEST and SUT will circulate details of the scheme to the Heads of Department at all Universities and Colleges with appropriate courses, inviting them to submit applications from students in their departments. The applicants and their sponsors will be required to complete an application form setting out details of their course and an abstract written by the applicant about his/her final year dissertation. A recommendation by his/her sponsor is also required. Shortlisted candidates will then be required to submit their full dissertation by the end of June of that same year (the candidates’ final year).

The application forms will be assessed against predetermined criteria by a scholarships subcommittee made up of members representing each of CSMS, IMarEST and SUT who will then shortlist candidates for the award. The subcommittee will then have sole responsibility for awarding the scholarship from the submitted dissertations.

Applications can be made up until 30th April. Applications should be emailed to tripartite.award@challenger-society.org.
The application  form can be downloaded here. 

The scholarships sub-committee will undertake the selection of the shortlisted applicants and duly inform them of the requirement to submit their full dissertation by the end of June. Submission of the full dissertation by shortlisted candidates will be the responsibility of the individual student. The scholarships subcommittee will undertake the selection of the successful applicant for the award and will promulgate the results by the last working day of August. The award will be presented at one of the AGMs of the awarding society.

IMarEST student members should contact Dr Bev Mackenzie, Technical and Policy Director (bev.mackenzie@imarest.org)  Undergraduate members of the Challenger Society should contact Dr John Bacon the Challenger Society Honorary Secretary (john.bacon@cefas.co.uk).

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