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New celebration event for Buckinghamshire’s best school scientists

Thursday 2nd November 2017

Some of the county’s most talented and inspiring young scientists are to be celebrated at a very special event hosted by Science Oxford and the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust.

The Buckinghamshire Young Scientists of the Year celebration is an opportunity for Bucks’ secondary schools to nominate their best Year 13 students in science to be acknowledged and praised for their outstanding efforts during the past year.

Teachers were able to nominate up to three of their exceptional students, and the criteria used to select students left up to each school; it could be based on exam results, progress made during the student’s course or in recognition of their enthusiasm and commitment towards their chosen subject.

The fourteen participating schools include Highcrest Academy, Mandeville School, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School and Beaconsfield High School.

Cathy Sturrock, Head of Education at Science Oxford, says “At least 35 students will be attending the event and the nominations are fantastic.”

Oxfordshire Young Scientist of the Year Awards 2017

For example, one teacher says of her biology nomination:

“She is a biology super star – hard working, determined and driven to succeed. She always goes above and beyond in her study of biology often carrying out independent study/investigation in her own time.”

Another says:

“Having moved to the school for sixth form, he has quickly established himself as the best chemist in year 13. His mathematically ability and his grasp of chemical concepts ensures he can solve problems – and work towards solutions when he is stuck. A pleasure to teach!

Young Scientists of the Year is also a chance for the students to hear young science researchers and professionals about what a career in science is like. At the end of the event, supported by the Microbiology Society, each exceptional student will be presented with a special certificate of achievement.

Cathy says: “We are thrilled to be hosting this prestigious event for some of Buckinghamshire’s brightest young minds. Science Oxford has been running this celebration of talent in Oxfordshire for the past seven years and this is our first venture in Buckinghamshire. It is a pleasure to learn about why the teachers have nominated certain pupils and it will be a great evening.”

Oxfordshire Young Scientists of the Year 2017 celebration at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Nominations closed Friday 10th November and the event is held on Monday the 20th November – visit our schools page for more information.


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