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The Rank Prize Funds


The Rank Prize Funds intend to award up to two prizes, of £2,000 and £1,000, for Ph.D. research theses in opto-electronics or vision. The research must cover fundamental experimental or theoretical opto-electronics effects, including optical signal processing and the physiology of the eye, or their applications in such areas as laser technology, displays, optical communications, and astronomy.

This competition is open to students of all nationalities who submit a Ph.D. thesis to a UK university, where the oral examination takes place between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2000. Nominations are made by a citation from the thesis supervisor, accompanied by an extended abstract written by the student and two referee reports, with at least one from a different institution, and normally written by the internal and external Ph.D. examiners. The thesis itself should not be submitted in the first instance.

Supervisors should nominate only individuals whose theses stand realistic chances of being judged the best or runner-up. The abstract should not exceed three A4 sides, while the citation and referee reports are limited to a single side each. Judgements are made by the Opto-electronics Committee.

Nominations and referees' reports must be received by 15 February 2001 at The Rank Prize Funds, 45 St Mary's Road, Ditton Hill, Surrey, KT6 5HB.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 1 November 2000