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Search is on for this year's star graduate

NCE's NATIONAL Graduate Awards 1998 are launched this week.

The competition, now in its second year, aims to trawl the UK's university and college output to identify the most promising newcomers to the civil engineering profession.

And apart from the massive career boost of an accolade in NCE, the winner will take away a £1,000 prize and a unique trophy. The second placed graduate picks up a cheque for £500 with third winning £250.

But winners of these awards will not just be those who have made outstanding academic achievements in their final exams. NCE wants to spotlight those who have also demonstrated that they are outstanding as communicators and achievers, carrying the profession forward.

Entry to the awards is free but each graduate must get their entry form countersigned with a brief supporting statement from a course tutor, head of department or careers officer. In addition to details of personal and academic achievement, entrants will be asked: 'How can engineers demonstrate that they warrant high public esteem?'

ICE vice president Peter Guthrie will chair the judging panel. Sponsors supporting the Awards - and supplying top engineers to form the judging panel - are airport operator BAA, British Steel and Marshalls.

Closing date for entries is 12 September. The awards will be presented at a special lunch at NCE's Careers in Construction fair in London on 16 October.

Entry forms are being mailed this week to all universities running JBM accredited civil engineering degree courses. Additional forms are available from Georgina Whittaker at NCE: tel (0171) 505 6666 fax (0171) 505 6667.

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