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Corpus Christi Schools Science Prize 2012

For the fourth year running, Corpus Christi organised a Schools Science competition for prospective students. The categories in this year's competition were Biochemistry and Chemistry, with a top prize of £250 available in each. We received a record number of entries this year and the standard was excellent. We would like to thank all of those who participated in the competition.

The Tutors were delighted to award prizes to the following students at our College Open Day on 28th June.

Biochemistry

First - Gabrielle Michotte, Westminster School
Second - Sherna Adenwalla, Whitchurch High School
Highly Commended - Mae Bethell, Wycombe Abbey School


Biochemistry Prize winners with Dr Lisa Heather

The Biochemistry Tutors were very impressed by the quality of the essays. Stem cell research is a very exciting area of research and the tutors felt it was clear from the essays that the entrants appreciated that the stem cell field will revolutionise the way we treat diseases in future, but that there are many biochemical hurdles to overcome in the meantime. It was clear that the entrants had spent a lot of time and effort researching the topic, and the tutors were impressed with how in-depth their discussion was, dealing with many of the more complex aspects of stem cell homing, expansion and engraftment. The tutors thought that all entrants should congratulate themselves on their essays which they very much enjoyed reading.

Chemistry

First - Sarah Richardson, Colchester Royal Grammar School
Second - Byung-Jin Kim, Hampton School
Highly Commended - Duncan Hampshire, Royal Grammar School Guildford


Chemistry Prize winners with Professor Peter Hore.

The Chemistry Tutors were struck not only by the overall quality but also by the extent to which entrants seemed to have enjoyed finding out about isotopes. The twelve questions covered a wide range of topics, including kinetics, spectroscopy, magnetism, radioactivity, quantum mechanics, enzymology and even the mechanism underlying the sense of smell. The tutors have commented that most of the problems were tough; a lot were well beyond the standard of A-level courses (and their equivalents) and some would have been challenging for 3rd Year Chemistry undergraduates at Oxford. However, candidates tackled the questions with enthusiasm and spent many productive hours on the web tracking down recent research, interesting facts and recondite theories with which to embellish their entries. The tutors felt that everyone learnt a lot in the process and had enjoyed writing about it.

 

 

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