Annual Prizes and Awards
BAP Undergraduate Awards
Launched in 2006, the BAP Undergraduate Awards are awarded to the best psychopharmacology submissions (abstract, summary statement, poster) at the annual summer meeting by undergraduate students.
The Awards provide undergraduates with the experience of attending a national scientific meeting and encourage young psychopharmacologists to pursue a research active career.
The scheme runs as follows:
- Undergraduate Students* will submit an abstract via the website by the deadline.
- Undergraduate Students will also submit a one-page summary statement to at the BAP Office, describing the project work performed and indicating the contribution that they have made to the work described.
- Deadline for submission of the abstracts and one-page summary will be one month later than that for all other abstract submissions, to enable them to have completed their studies.
- The undergraduate student does not need to be a BAP Training Member, but must be sponsored by a Full member of the BAP.
- The undergraduate presenter of each accepted poster will be provided with free registration for the meeting. A total of £100 towards travel and accommodation will be reimbursed after the meeting upon submission of relevant receipts to the BAP Office.
- The best submissions (a maximum of four, based on the abstract, summary statement and poster) will be selected by the Review Panel during the Summer Meeting.
- Awards comprise a cheque for £100 and a ticket for the conference dinner (or reimbursement if a ticket has previously been purchased).
* Undergraduate students are those enrolled on a Batchelor’s degree (or Master’s degree as their first degree) and medical students. Postgraduate students enrolled on a Master’s degree may submit their abstract according to the deadline below, but are not eligible for the Undergraduate Award. Please contact the BAP office is you are unsure of your eligibility.
The Honorary General Secretary will consider likely conflicts of interest and then delegate to a number of BAP Council Members who will review nominations for the various awards. Where a BAP Council Member is requested to review a prize in which a conflict of interest arises for them (e.g. a former PhD student has been nominated) they will excuse themselves from the process and another Council Member will be asked to replace them.
Whilst Council members are not prohibited from applying for prizes, the Honorary General Secretary additionally seeks the endorsement of one of the Presidents (current, immediate past or elect), according to their expertise, and who does not have a direct conflict of interest, before any such prize is awarded to a Council Member.
We are pleased to announce that the winners of this year's BAP Undergraduate Awards are:
Imogen Stokes (University of Birmingham)
"I had a wonderful experience at the BAP Summer Meeting 2019! I received lots of positive feedback and advice to take forward into the early stages of my career. I thoroughly enjoyed the symposiums on offer and thought the new app was an incredible way to access fascinating abstracts and posters - the future of conferences! "
"As my first ever summer meeting, I would like to thank BAP not only for this award, but for also providing such a thoroughly engaging and thought-provoking experience. The range of symposia and speakers on offer allowed me to explore interests outside my research area, and it was also refreshing to engage with individuals during poster sessions on their cutting-edge research. Overall this experience has taught me invaluable lessons which I will use as I go on to undertake my master’s degree, and I look forward to returning next year!" Tanya Dinesh (University of Southampton)
"I am very grateful to BAP for providing an elaborate platform to exhibit my Master's research! Discussing my findings with world-leading psychiatrists and researchers was very thought-provoking and I received invaluable advice to help begin my career. I loved learning about the cutting edge of psychiatric research exhibited in the scope of symposiums, I especially enjoyed the development of cerebral organoids using patient derived iPSCs to revolutionise the ability to model schizophrenia! Thank you very much for this award, overall I had a very inspiring experience which has further motivated me to study medicine and pursue further research." Melisa Kose (King's College London)
"Attending the BAP Summer Meeting this year proved to be an invaluable experience. As this BAP was my first ever conference, where I presented my first ever poster, the 4-day event naturally meant a great deal to me. I’m incredibly grateful for all the support, advice, and feedback that I received over the course of the meeting and am immensely inspired by the hard work and enthusiasm shown by all the presenters and speakers. In all, thank you very much for this award, I had a fantastic time and am looking forward to BAP 2020!"