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27th June 2013, 2:31pm
Awards for top young physicists
Jack Rhodes receiving his award from Prof Ieuan Owen The most promising physics students in the county were awarded at a special event hosted by the University of Lincoln’s School of Engineering.

The Young Physicist of the Year event, on Wednesday 26th June, was aimed at Year 12 students and included a lecture by Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Ieuan Owen.
Sponsored by The Ogden Trust, which seeks to support enrichment events in physics and provides funding to support students and teachers across the country, 17 winners received awards.

Alexander Borman, PhD student and part-time lecturer at the School of Engineering, said: “Having previously worked as a secondary school physics teacher, I know physics is considered a more difficult subject and often sees a large drop off rate in later study. An event such as this, that rewards students for their efforts and achievements within this field, is important to both encourage their continued study in physics as well as introducing them to related fields such as Engineering at degree level. It will hopefully also act to inspire future students.

“This event highlights the close connection between the two subjects that some students may not have been aware of. While there are many practical elements to the engineering degree at Lincoln, blocks of the degree have a solid grounding in the underlying principles taught in A-level physics.”

Helen Pollard, from The Ogden Trust, added: “The night was all about celebrating talent, hard work and dedication. Seventeen AS physics students accompanied by their teachers and parents, from Lincolnshire schools and colleges, received book tokens and certificates as a result of being nominated for an Ogden physicist of the Year award. It was a treat to hear of so many enthusiastic and successful physics students in local schools.”

Among the award winners were Thomas Dove from The Priory Academy LSST and Jack Rhodes from William Farr School.

The recipients are also able to apply for Undergraduate Science Scholarships of £1,500 per annum, subject to meeting other criteria, as well as being eligible for the Ogden Alumni Association for support further into the future.

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