Nuffield Research Placement student Roxanne El-Hady is UK Young Scientist of the Year

22 March 2016

Congratulations to Roxanne El-Hady who has been named UK Young Scientist of the Year 2016 at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.

Roxanne, who attends Ricards Lodge High School in Wimbledon, won the award for her work reconstructing rapid climate change in South Wales at the end of the last glacial period. She undertook her project while on a Nuffield Research Placement at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Roxanne, who completed her project in the Geography department under the supervision of Dr Adrian Palmer said:

“I wasn’t expecting it at all, but now I’m really excited to be able to share my enthusiasm for science with other young people.

"I’m shocked to have been named Young Scientist of the Year. There are so many amazing entrants to the competition, ranging from looking at the toxicity of medicines through to the use of the earth’s magnetic field in MRI scans.

“I’m delighted that my project looking at climate change was picked by the judges as the winner. I’m looking forward to using my year as UK Young Scientist of the Year to encourage more people – especially women – into science and maths.”

The project required the analysis of lake sediments that were shown to exhibit rapid climate oscillations at the end of the last glacial period from 16,000 to 8,000 years ago. Roxanne presented this work with over 200 other finalists from across the country at the Big Bang Fair.

The judging panel for the national award, open to 11 to 18-year-olds who completed a science, technology, engineering or maths project, included Dr Helen Sharman OBE, the first British astronaut and actor and director Ben Miller.

More prize-winners

Congratulations to Owen Ogden from The Nelson Thomlinson School, Ashleigh Fets from City of Sunderland College and Daniel Davies from Neath Port Talbot College, who were all Highly Commended in the Science + Maths category. Daniel Davies was also the recipient of the London International Youth Science Forum prize.

Well done to Alexander Lewis from Saffron Walden County High School who won the special prize, The University of Manchester: Global challenges, Manchester solutions

And last but not least, congratulations to Yash Kulkarni from Norwich School and Skye Arnott from Albyn School who won CREST Communication and Context Prizes.

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