RCSU Science Challenge Awards Ceremony 2024

The Awards Ceremony for the 2024 RCSU Science Challenge  was held at Imperial College South Kensington campus on the evening of Friday 21st June. It was the culmination of months of hard work by both RCSU President Trinity Stenhouse and her organising team as well as literally hundreds of high school students and IC undergraduates. The Science Challenge is the RCSU’s annual science communication competition. It gives young scientists the opportunity to talk about science in a way that is engaging and fun to people who do not necessarily have a science background.

This year’s competition was once again extremely popular with over five hundred entries from students all over the country and indeed some from international locations as well. The standard of entries for the five questions posed by the judging teams was very high and the judges had a tough time picking the eventual winners.

The RCSU Science Challenge (which started life as the RCSA Science Challenge of course, back in 2006) is an important outreach and public engagement activity that the RCSA founded, funded and nurtured. This year, the RCSA’s participation was to pose ‘The RCSA Question‘. A challenging question on how to improve the speed, effectiveness and safety of clinical trials for a vaccine to a (theoretical) new and deadly virus.

Mike Munroe, RCSA President (pictured on the left), and fellow RCSA member and clinical trial expert Lucy Verity (pictured on the right) formed the judging panel for ‘The RCSA Question‘ and were on hand at the ceremony to give out the awards. Matilda Chisholm (pictured in the middle) from Lady Margaret School in Parson’s Green in London was the overall winner of ‘The RCSA Question‘ with a delightful three minute video entry detailing some excellent suggestions for how to improve clinical trials in an eye catching and attention grabbing animated video! Congratulations to all the winners and runners up for all five questions!

The RCSA was delighted to once again be a part of this wonderful event and look forward to supporting it next year.

Congratulations to the RCSU Team including Trinity Stenhouse, Ed Bird, Stef Medvetskaia and Julia Purrinos for helping to make it happen!!

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