Rob Clarke Awards

The Rob Clarke Awards recognise the research work carried out by Members during their undergraduate degree. Prizes, named in honour of the late Dr Rob Clarke, are awarded independently for the best abstracts and posters presented at a Society conference.

To be considered for the Awards, entrants must submit an abstract of their undergraduate research project to The Society. This can be a summer project, final year or Integrated Masters project; the only restriction is that it must have been completed as an undergraduate. Following assessment by a review panel, the entrants with the best abstracts will be selected for the Rob Clarke Abstract Award and invited to present their undergraduate project as a poster at one of The Society’s scientific conferences. 

Each finalist will receive the following:

  • A certificate of award
  • Support of up to £200 to attend and present their work at a Society conference

At the conference, a panel of judges will visit the posters and speak to the Abstract Award winners about their projects. The entrant(s) with the best poster presentation(s) will then be awarded with the Rob Clarke Presentation Award at the conference.

In 2019, poster judging will take place at Physiology 2019 in Aberdeen during 8-10 July 2019.

Applications for the 2019 round are now open and will close on 1 May 2019. Submit here.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entrants must be an Undergraduate Member or an Affiliate/Associate within the first year after their undergraduate degree (or have submitted a membership application at the time of entering the Rob Clarke Awards).
  • Work must have been carried out as an undergraduate, and can include summer, final year or Integrated Masters projects. Research undertaken after graduation would not be eligible.
  • Final year Integrated Masters students and first year postgraduates must have completed their research as an undergraduate and their higher status will be taken into account in the judging process.
  • All types of project will be considered (including science communication, undergraduate ambassador and library projects), as long as they are hypothesis-driven and show data collection and analytical skills.
  • The supervisor must approve the abstract being submitted for presentation.
  • The abstract must have been written by the student (it is acknowledged that abstracts may not include the final results and conclusions of a project).
  • The abstract must have only one author: the student. Projects completed jointly by more than one undergraduate are eligible but each student must write and submit their own abstract for the Awards, and describe their contribution to the project as well.
  • The abstract must follow these guidelines
  • If the student is successful and receives a travel grant award to support their attendance at the poster judging, they must return any funds they have received if they do not attend the conference.
  • The poster must follow these guidelines

Abstract scoring criteria

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The Physiological Society is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, and thereby welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds.