The Department awards three annual prizes to PhD students: the John S Archer Award, the Janet Watson Memorial Prize for good citizenship, and the Janet Watson Memorial Prize for research. Nominations are via online form, and academics are encouraged to nominate their students. 

The John S Archer Award was established by a group of his former PhD students in honour of Professor Archer, former Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Dean of the Royal School of Mines. Read more about the John S Archer Award including past winners.
The Janet Watson prizes are made in honour of British geologist and Imperial College London alumnus Professor Janet WatsonRead about Janet Watson Prize past winners.

Janet Watson and John Archer Prizes

John S Archer Award

The John S Archer Award will be given to a PhD student in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering who has demonstrated excellence in the broad field of subsurface engineering and geoscience as they relate to delivering sustainable energy.

Due consideration will be given to the need of financial assistance in the case of equally qualified candidates.

Research students in 1st, 2nd or 3rd year (in exceptional circumstances, also 4th year students) will be considered. Full or part time PhD students are eligible.

The value of the award is £5,000.

Janet Watson Prizes

Each year, the department awards two Janet Watson Centenary Memorial Prizes.

One prize is awarded primarily for "excellence in research achievement", and another for "good citizenship", although nominees who excel in both criteria will be given preference.

All current PhD students in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering are eligible, as are those who have recently graduated.

Each prize consists of a certificate, and a cheque for £1,000.