Aspiring physicists from across Lincolnshire attended a special event hosted by the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Lincoln, UK.
The Young Physicist of the Year evening, on Monday 6th July, was held to celebrate the talent of exceptional students studying Physics in the county’s surrounding schools.
Sponsored by The Ogden Trust, which seeks to support enrichment events in physics and provides funding to support students and teachers across the country, a total of 14 pupils received awards from local schools, including William Farr School, Lincoln University Technical College and the Priory Academy LSST.
Priory Academy LSST Physics teacher Roger Thompson-Moulding said: “We nominated Jamie Willerton for the award because he achieved the highest score in our mock exams and demonstrated mastery of practical techniques in the Investigative Skills Assessments test. As such, he has shown both real commitment to his studies of Physics and the ability to achieve at a high level. We are delighted this has been recognised by such a prestigious award from the University of Lincoln.”
The event included a lecture from Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky, Head of the School of Mathematics and Physics, in which he demonstrated the application of physics and how it stretches beyond the commonly perceived areas of research.
Co-organiser Alexander Borman, from the School of Engineering, said: “This variety of applications enables the subject to remain relevant and will appeal to many students with a range of interests should they choose to study the subject at undergraduate level and beyond. The cross-departmental research will only develop further within the University, with colleagues in the School of Mathematics and Physics working closely with the Schools of Engineering and Computer Science, not to mention the many other opportunities arising from projects within Chemistry and Life Sciences.”
Students who received awards are now eligible to apply for Alumni status with The Ogden Trust. This opens up the possibility for receiving grants, support for gaining skills and experiences through internships in research, commercial, charitable or education sectors as well as a support and mentoring networks for the continued study of physics.