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Student awards and recognition

The Society and its Research Groups offer a variety of awards for outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate research. UK departments are encouraged to submit innovative, high quality thesis research.

Medals and Awards

Each year we recognise excellence in geographical research through our prestigious Medals and awards.


Alfred Steers Dissertation Prize

This award is made for the best undergraduate dissertation in a UK geography department. The essay prize is named in honour of Professor Alfred Steers, who was Professor at the University of Cambridge for seventeen years and was Honorary Vice President, Honorary Fellow, and medallist of the Society.

How to submit:


Research Group awards

The Society's Research Groups offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation awards, with various deadlines for awards (most are 15 July).

Find out more

To find out about many past recipients, by Research Group and University, please see the listing here.


Quaternary Research Association (QRA) undergraduate dissertation award

The Quaternary Research Association, in association with the Society, recognise the achievements of undergraduates in Quaternary science by awarding a dissertation prize (£250) for a thesis demonstrating flair and originality. This prize is open to any undergraduate enrolled at a British or Irish university. Membership of the QRA or RGS-IBG is not a requirement for entry.

How to submit:

  • Send one dissertation per department for that academic year to

  • Entries must be submitted by departments and not by individual undergraduates

  • Entries may be on any Quaternary theme

  • Include the student's name and contact email address

  • Nominations are welcome from all appropriate sources, including new universities or small departments

  • Deadline: Wednesday 4 October

  • The winner will be announced at the QRA Annual General Meeting (held annually each January) and the abstract of their dissertation published in an issue of Quaternary Newsletter

For more information, visit the QRA website.