The initiative, which was commissioned by the Faculty of Science, offered awards of up to £500 for the best PhD theses from each of the Faculty of Science PhD-awarding departments and centres.
Congratulations to everyone who received a prize. We are now in the process of contacting the winners to make arrangements to present the awards. The full list of winners is as follows:
Chemistry (shared prize)
Kim McKelvey: ‘New Approaches and Application in Electrochemical Scanning Probe Microscopy’
Emanuele Maggio: ‘Theory of the Charge Recombination Reaction Rate in Dye Sensitised Solar Cells’.
Xin Lu: ‘Efficient Algorithms for Scalable Video Coding’.
Hin Kwan (Roland) Wong: ‘Study of the Best Linear Approximation of Nonlinear Systems with Arbitrary Inputs’.
Life Sciences (two prizes of £500 awarded – additional funding was provided by the School of Life Sciences)
John Suberu: ‘Analysis of Plant Materials for Molecules of Pharmaceutical Importance’
Lawrence Davies: ‘The Effect of Non-UV Light on Crop Protection Product Degradation and Soil Microbial Community Structure and Function’.
Mathematics (four prizes of £250 each – additional funding was provided by the Institute of Mathematics)
David Bate: “Structure of Measures in Lipschitz Differentiability Spaces”
Gareth Speight: “Porosity and Differentiability”
Robert Tang: “Covering Maps and Hulls in the Curve Complex”
Sebastian Vollmer: “Efficient MCMC and Posterior Consistency for Bayesian Inverse Problems”.
Oliver Alderman: ‘The Structure of Vitreous Binary Oxides: Silicate, Germanate and Plumbite Networks’.
Joana Lourenco: ‘Task Interference Effects in Prospective Memory’.
The John Copas Prize in Statistics
Alexandre Thiery: ‘Scaling Analysis of MCMC Algorithms’.
James Mackrill: ‘Understanding and Improving the Perception of a Hospital Ward Soundscape’.