Nuffield students win at the Big Bang UK Science and Engineering Competition

By Nuffield Foundation

Congratulations to all of our Nuffield Research Placement students who were finalists in last week’s Big Bang Competition at the NEC in Birmingham.

We were delighted to see four of our students win prizes. Nuffield student Sayeed Ahmed from Woodhouse College scooped the special award prize for his project on pressure effects on the physiochemical properties of nanoparticles. Sayeed will now be representing the UK at the London International Youth Science Forum this summer.

Other Nuffield students who won in the senior science category included Andrew Hutchinson from Radcliffe School for his project on a pilot study into siRNA (inorganic) nanomedicine targeting cancer treatment and Poppy Bradley from Chigwell School for her project on characterising differences between paediatric and adult airway mucosa. Alanah Ferguson from Kirkcaldy High School was a runner up of the Water Prize with her project on Laboratory Experiments of a Submerged Wave Energy Device.

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We support post-16 students in full-time education in a maintained school or further education college in the UK who do not have a family history of higher education and are from lower socio-economic backgrounds to participate in the programme. The Nuffield Foundation covers travel costs for all students and provides an additional bursary for those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.

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