Undergraduate Microbiology Prize

A prize will be awarded annually to the undergraduate student, in each qualifying institution, who performs best in microbiology in the second year of a Bachelor's degree.

Enquiries about this scheme should be made by email to grants@microbiologysociety.org or by phone: +44(0)20 3034 4882.

Please read all information on this page carefully before submitting a nomination for a prize:

If your university has not previously submitted a nomination for this prize please contact the Grants Officer before submitting the nomination.

Sixty universities successfully nominated a student for the Society's Undergraduate Microbiology Prize in 2016.

One prize will be available to each university in the UK and Republic of Ireland offering an appropriate microbiology course. Each winning student will be awarded a certificate and one year's free Undergraduate Student Membership of the Microbiology Society.


The student should be in their second or penultimate year of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) for a Bachelor's degree. Eligible students may be registered for any degree with a significant microbiology content (e.g. Biotechnology, Applied Biology etc.); nomination is not limited to BSc Microbiology students. The university will be asked to choose the assessed microbiological work for which the prize is awarded. Examples of appropriate work include: best written dissertation on a microbiological topic, best microbiology presentation and best examined microbiology module. The submission should be supported by formal marks, not an informal or subjective assessment. The university must decide whether or not a student is eligible for consideration. Winning students should have attained at least a 2(I) overall in their degree examinations at the stage at which the award is made.

Nomination process

Nominations for the 2019 Undergraduate Prize are now closed.

To make a nomination, please complete the form below and submit by email to prizes@microbiologysociety.org.

Nominators should expect to receive notification of the outcome of their nomination in early September.

Administration of prizes

The Prize packs will be sent to successful universities in mid-September.

The nominator is responsible to informing the student of their prize and presenting them with their certificate.

The Society will contact students with the offer of free membership in late-September.