The TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards has opened for nominations, and it includes a search for the UK's IT and computer science undergraduate of the year.

Any IT undergraduates in their penultimate year of their university course, and expecting at least a 2:1 degree, can enter the competition to win a work placement.

The person with the right mix of personal skills, career motivation and an excellent academic record will win a HP laptop and a 12-week summer placement in BT Innovate & Design division. The winner will also have an opportunity to be fast-tracked to BT's graduate assessment centre.

Undergraduates who make the final shortlist of ten will be taken to the awards ceremony in Canary Wharf on 13 April 2012 by BT.

There are three stages to the competition. In the first stage, the undergraduate will be required to submit their personal data and answer three questions posed by BT.

In the second stage, competitors will have to complete three online tests - lasting around an hour - designed by assessment provider SHL.

BT will then select the final shortlist from the entrants who successfully complete these tests, following further telephone interviews and assessments.

Last year's winner was Adam Copp, who is studying computer science at St. Andrews university. After graduation, he plans to work in a technical role at an IT company.

The closing date for entries is 31 January 2012. More information on how to apply can be found here.