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Sixth Former Sophie Awarded Runner-up in Prestigious Oxford University Science Magazine Competition

Year 12 student Sophie has been awarded runner-up in the prestigious Oxford Scientist Schools Essay Competition – a fantastic achievement.

The competition was run by Oxford University’s foremost science magazine, The Oxford Scientist. This year, the theme of the Hilary Term 2021 Schools Science Writing Competition was ‘How is creativity important in science?’ Sophie’s essay was titled, ‘‘Creativity: A Scientific Necessity.’ 

Speaking about her essay, Sophie said, ‘I was both surprised and delighted to be awarded the runner up prize in the essay competition. I came across the competition when exploring courses and the attached recommended resources on the Oxford and Cambridge websites. I was intrigued by the question ‘How is creativity important in science?’ and decided to give the essay a go. I wanted to explore the necessity of creativity in developing the scientific basics focusing mostly on Mendelian genetics, Einstein’s theory of relativity and the discovery of buckminster fullerene as these scientific developments are now widely taught and underpin current scientific knowledge.’ 

Speaking about the competition, the judges said, ‘We were blown away by the quality of the articles received. They were incredibly well written and researched, making judging very difficult. We only wish that we had the space to acknowledge more of them. Thank you so much to everyone who entered – we thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your articles and hope that you continue writing about science in the future!’

Many congratulations to Sophie on this fantastic achievement.


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