Nuffield Research Placement student Kirtana Vallabhaneni named Young Scientist of the Year

19 March 2012

Congratulations to Nuffield Research Placement student Kirtana Vallabhaneni, who has won the Young Scientist of the Year competition. Winners of the competition were announced at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham on Friday. 

Kirtana won the award for her project aimed at identifying the harmful cells that cause pancreatic cancer, undertaken on a Nuffield placement at the University of Liverpool. She is a student at West Kirby Grammar School.

The judging panel for the national award, open to 11 to 18-year-olds who completed a science, technology, engineering or maths project, included renowned space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Nobel Prize winning biochemist Sir Tim Hunt, and the Science Museum's inventor in residence Mark Champkins.

Other Nuffield Research Placement prize-winners

Congratulations also to Jemma Goldstein from Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, who was a runner-up in the competition, and to Helen Sheehan (St Mary's College Crosby), Niall Briggs (Holy Cross School) and Katie Gaffney (Norwich School) who were Highly Commended.

Mairi Bell from Hazlehead Academy won the The NSEC Intermediate Science and Maths Award, and Abigail Stear was Highly Commended for her project in the same category.

Beth Evans from Bablake School won the E.ON Best Use of Mathematics Prize, and James North (Formby High School) and Beth evans (Bablake School) won places on the London International Youth Science Forum. Also from Formby High School, James North won the Sociey of Biology Prize. 

Mariam Zaidi from Kingsbury High School won the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar, which was supported by Saudi Aramco. 

Mark Hammond (The Royal Grammar School) and Ivo Dawkins (The Perse School) won places to attend Intel ISEF, awarded by CREST. Mark was also awarded the Institute of Physics Prize. 

Tommy Moore from Victoria High School won The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Prize for Design.

EU Contest for Young Scientist places 

The Nuffield Foundation funded three places at the EU contest for Young Scientists, and these were awarded to Thomas Myers from The Perse School, Maia Rowe-Sampson from The Grey Coat School, and Helen Sheehan from St Mary’s College Crosby.

Photo and videos courtesy of the National Science & Engineering Competition.