1st prize: Vikramaditya Yadav (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), studying a PhD in Chemical Engineering, article title “Winning the drug lottery”. Vikramaditya said, “I am thankful to the judges for selecting my essay as the winning piece. I am thrilled and honoured. I would also like to thank my professors and colleagues. The perspectives that I have presented in the essay are a distillation of the countless insightful discussions I have shared with them.”
2nd prize: Nicole Antonio (University of Bristol), studying for a PhD in Dynamic Cell Biology, article title “Cancer and inflammation”. Nicole said, ‘”I feel very proud to come second place in this competition. Like other scientists, I find the work we do fascinating, but all too often confusing literature put the general public off. Competitions like this one help us to learn how to communicate our work to non-science audiences, which will hopefully lead to more people appreciating just how exciting science can be!”
3rd prize: Alexa Cleasby (University of Sheffield), doing a PhD in Chemical Biology, article title “Stressed bees”. Alexa said, ‘”I love writing, so it’s amazing to be rewarded for it and exciting to be published”
Gemma Garrett, Head of Education, said “The Society recognises the importance of good science communication to engaging young people, the media and the public in scientific issues and research. As such, we were really encouraged by the talent displayed by the students who took part in the competition. The judges were highly impressed with both the number and the quality of the entries but felt the winners stood out for their creativity, clarity and ability to engage the target audience.
In addition to a cash prize, the winning articles will be published in the Society’s members’ magazine The Biochemist, and on the Society’s website.