The Bok Prize
Bart Jan Bok was Director of
Mount Stromlo Observatory from 1957 to 1966. He
energetically promoted the undergraduate and graduate study of astronomy in Australia
and set up the Graduate School of Astronomy at the Australian National
University. In addition to his many scientific achievements, he
was also a talented populariser of astronomy and is particularly remembered
for his entertaining broadcasts on ABC radio.
Bok Prize Medal
The Bok Prize is awarded annually by the Astronomical Society of Australia to recognise outstanding research in astronomy by an Honours student or eligible Masters student at an Australian university.
The prize consists of the Bok Medal together with an award of $500 and ASA membership for the following calendar year. The recipient is invited to present a paper on their research at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Astronomical Society of Australia, where the prize will be presented.
To be eligible for the Prize applicants must have been an Honours student or eligible Masters student at an Australian university (at 30 June in the year prior to the award), and completed their degree requirements in that same year. Their research must have been carried out in an area of astronomy or closely related field.
Eligible Masters students are those who have entered their Masters degree from a 3 year undergraduate degree. Students who completed an Honours year before entering the Masters degree are not eligible for the Bok prize.
A request for submissions for the award in a given year is usually emailed out to the ASA membership in November each year, with the closing date for entries around 31 January (in the following year).
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Bok Prize. The closing date is Friday, 6 February 2015.
Nominations must adhere to the following guidelines:
Submissions should be addressed to:
Dr Tanya Hill
An assessment committee nominated by the ASA Council will evaluate the submitted materials and make a recommendation to the ASA Council. The decision of the Council is final, including the decision not to award the prize in any given year.