University of Exeter students play a vital role in the creation of new knowledge

University of Exeter student success in international awards

University of Exeter students have been successful in an academic competition referred to as the “junior Nobel Prize”.

They have been awarded the Regional Winner and several Highly Commended prizes in the Undergraduate Awards (UA) 2016.

The awards reward talented undergraduates and recognise excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business and creative arts.

This year 5,514 papers from undergraduates in 244 institutions and 121 nationalities were submitted. The awards cover seven regions, Ireland, Europe, USA and Canada, Latin America, Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

University of Exeter student Sofia Garré, who is studying Liberal Arts, was the Europe Regional Winner in the Art History, Music, Film and Theatre category with her paper The Role of Contemporary Art in defining Nature: Sebastiao Salgado and Brock Davis.

The Highly Commended Entrants from the University of Exeter are:

Shamus Lee - Business category
Feifei Yan - Business category
Charlie Bowen - Classical Studies & Archaeology category
Ella Sevenoaks - Classical Studies & Archaeology category
Elinor Penny - Earth & Environmental Sciences category
James Lander - Engineering category
Pavel Petruneac - Engineering category
Shuang Wu - History category
Laura Merritt - Life Sciences category
Kane Baker - Philosophy category
Amba Maharaj - Politics & International Relations category
Rebecca Steele - Politics & International Relations category
Pavel Kondov - Politics & International Relations category
Alina Ivan - Psychology category
Jules Bayer-Crier - Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies category
Isabelle Rogerson - Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies category
Rufat Safarli - Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies category

University of Exeter Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) Professor Tim Quine said: “I am delighted that the excellent academic work of our students has been recognised throughout these awards. Our students play a vital role in the creation of new knowledge which delivers change in the world and society alongside our world leading academics. I would like to congratulate all those involved on their achievements.”

CEO of The Undergraduate Awards Louise Hodgson said “This is a huge achievement for the University of Exeter and its students. UA received the highest number of submissions to date with only the best papers making it through the judging process - the competition was extremely tough and the Judges were astounded at the high quality of undergraduate research in the programme this year. Congratulations to this year’s successful entrants”.

Highly Commended Entrants are now invited to meet their fellow awardees at the annual UA Global Summit, taking place in Dublin, Ireland on November 8th to 11th. The attendees will be addressed by the likes of NASA Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, Shiza Shahid of the Malala Fund, MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abrahams, among many more speakers and facilitators.

Date: 3 October 2016

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