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WCSM Bronze Medal Competition opens for entries

Bronze medal Competition for 2023 now open 


The WCSM are now open to submissions for the Ruskell Medal and the Master’s Medal for 2023, in respect of research published between 30 April 2022 and 31 July 2023.

The Master’s Medal continues to be aimed at people in the very first stages of their research career ie those currently studying for higher-level degrees or within 1 year of achieving a Doctorate.
Since receiving its Royal Charter in 1629, the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers has encouraged research into the prevention and treatment of vision impairment. Each year, the Company awards a bronze medal to encourage those taking higher degrees or pursuing higher level studies to publish their work.

The Master’s Medal is individually inscribed and accompanied by a purse of £750.

The Master’s Medal will be awarded to an early-stage researcher with the best peer reviewed paper within the broad area of vision science or eyecare, spanning laboratory studies to translational or public health research. The paper should have been published (including ePub ahead of time) within the period based on higher-level study, and must report and interpret the results of research, defined as the process of investigation leading to new insights or new knowledge within a subject area.
The Ruskell Medal seeks to reward research which makes a significant difference to our understanding of vision, by applicants with up to 7 years’ post-doctoral experience.
The Ruskell Medal is named after the late Gordon Ruskell, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Optometry and Visual Science at City University, a classical anatomist whose interest in optometry and neurology resulted in many discoveries in ocular science.
The bronze Ruskell medal is individually inscribed and is accompanied by a purse of £750.
Submissions are now invited for the 2023 Ruskell Medal.
To be eligible for the Ruskell Medal, applicants’ work must be produced under the aegis of a recognised UK academic or medical institution. UK citizens currently engaged in research outside the UK are also eligible. All applicants must be within 7 years of the award of a doctorate (PhD, DPhil, MD or professional doctorate) at the date of submission.
The closing date for applications for the Ruskell and Master’s Medals is 6pm on Tuesday 1 August 2023.
The specification for pre and post-qualification periods of work is designed to encourage progression, from the Master’s Medal to the Ruskell Medal and then on to the Silver (Fincham) medal.  
Full details of both Bronze Medals, and online application forms, are now available on our website:
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