A large number of our graduates and their guests attended the School of Life Sciences Graduation Reception on Friday 17 July. Our Head of School, Laura Green, welcomed everyone on behalf of the School and many staff were on hand to greet and to congratulate their tutees.
Time at University passes so quickly that it seems no sooner have students met their tutors for the first time, we are saluting them in the hoods and gowns of their degrees. Students pack a lot into their three or four years and we hope that they leave with fond memories of their time at Warwick and, as their futures unfold, they will want to keep in touch and let us know what they are doing.
We know better than anyone how much effort is needed to get a degree and congratulate everyone on their achievements this year. We offer our very best wishes as they embark on the next stages of their careers.
A number of students received prizes for their efforts.
Rosa Jane Small Prize
This prize is awarded for the best research project by a student who has secured a PhD.
This year's prizewinner is Richard Osgood.
Undergraduate Class prizes:
Biological Sciences & Society of Biology Top Student Award
Medical Microbiology and Virology
All students who graduated with a First-class degree received a keepsake from the Department to acknowledge their outstanding achievement:
Faculty of Science Doctoral Thesis Award (School of Life Sciences)
Richard Puxty won this prize for his thesis entitled 'The Role of Light in Photosynthetic Cyanophages: From Physiology to Gene Expression' supervised by Professor David Scanlan.
Richard currently holds a highly prestigious postdoctoral position working on cyanophage evolution at the University of California, Irvine, USA.
School of Life Sciences PhD Impact Prize
Charlotte Nellist won this award for her thesis on 'The Deployment and Mechanism of Broad-spectrum Resistance to Turnip mosaic virus in Brassica rapa' supervised by Dr John Walsh and Dr Guy Barker (School of Life Sciences), and William Briggs (Syngenta Seeds, The Netherlands).
Charlotte is currently undertaking post-doctoral research as a Molecular Plant Pathologist in Genetics and Crop Improvement at East Malling Research Station.
Outstanding Student Contribution Awards
Warwick's students are amongst the most active in the country, with thousands taking part in and running student societies, volunteering through Warwick Volunteers, taking an active role in their learning through the SSLC system and much, much more. Some of our students, however, are truly exceptional. Not only do they excel academically, but they manage to find the time to campaign for good causes, raise enormous amounts of money for charities, start small business, and work with local charities. The University’s Outstanding Student Contribution Award (OSCA) aims to recognise these achievements.
Ibtehal Attaelmanan, a Life Sciences graduate, established ‘Project Sudan’, a research-based initiative looking to work with rural communities in Sudan and is one of the OSCA winners for 2015.
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