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Time is running out for university lecturers to enter their most promising students in the Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Awards for 2007, so if you think you're in with a chance of getting a first and put a decent final paper together, get on the phone to your professor right now.

And if you are a boffin and you haven't nominated your best boffinlets yet, what are you waiting for?

To inspire or intimidate, you might like to know previous winners have submitted papers with such impressive sounding titles as: "Scalar fields is cosmology", "A CFD investigation into the transient aerodynamic forces on overtaking road vehicles" and "Model of acute lung inflammation using ultrafine carbon in black mice".

Subjects covered by the awards range from civil engineering, through pharmacology, IT and physics.

To stand a chance of winning, students have to have found a university that hasn't closed all its science departments, be up for a first class degree, and be put forward by their lecturers. Unendorsed entries are not allowed, and nominations for the award have to be in by July 20.

SAGE, the academic publishing group, has confirmed that it will sponsor the associated "Lecturer of the year" award.

Based on the collective experience of El Reg staff, to be nominated, lecturers must be able to keep their students awake for all 45 minutes of a single lecture session. Anything else is gravy.

The results will be announced at a ceremony in London's Alexandra Palace on September 20. ®

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