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Durham University

Faculty of Science

Rising Stars Research Symposium

Prize Winners

The Bill Bryson Prize for Communication in Science

The prize, a signed copy of A Short History of Nearly Everything by the University's former Chancellor, Dr Bill Bryson OBE, who retired from this position in the year of the first symposium, is awarded to the outstanding speaker at the Rising Stars Research Symposium, as judged by the Faculty Officers.

2011

Iain Smears

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Optimal Control Problems and Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman Equations

2012

Robert Bettles

Department of Physics

Light-Atom Interactions in the Strong Focussing Limit

2013

Benjamin Flint

Department of Earth Sciences

Determining the Cause of Macroalgal Mats on Seal Sands

2014

Jason Mitchison

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Development of Fluidic Aerodynamic Seals

2015

Jacob Kegerreis

Department of Physics

Bouncing on the Moon: Modelling the Lunar Exosphere

2016

Rebecca Madden

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

An Investigation of the Wind Environment Generated Around Bridgewater Place

2017

Roisin Monaghan

Department of Chemistry

The Synthesis of Aryl and Vinyl Sulfides via Visible Light Photoredox Catalysis

2018

Louisa Quarterman Department of Engineering

Incorporation of Geotechnical Data into the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Process

2019

Geoffrey Cobb

Audience Choice Award for Best Poster

2012

Sarah Robins

School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

New Role for the Reaction-Diffusion Model

2013

Sophie Scott

Department of Chemistry

Applications of Graphene: The Graphene Dream

2014

Kevin Kendaru

Department of Earth Sciences

Molecular Simulations of Low Salinity Enhanced Oil Recovery

2015

Flora Bowring

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Efficient Buildings: Waste Energy Recovery in Glenfiddich Distillery

2016

Gemma Parker

Department of Chemistry

Barbaralanes as Chiral Diene Ligands

2017

Zoe Hodges

Department of Earth Sciences

The Effect of the Geochemical Environment on the Concentration of Amino Acids by Layered Double Hydroxides

2018

Isla Mackenzie Department of Physics

Corrections to the Born Oppenheimer Approximation and the Jahn-Teller Effect

2019

Ben Griffiths

Audience Choice Award for Best Presentation

2013

Waheed Arshad

School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Bioacoustic Monitoring: Automatically Identifying Avian Biodiversity in Woodlands

2014

Rachel Bertram

Department of Earth Sciences

Assessing and Quantifying the "Ground Air" Store of Carbon Dioxide Located in the Unsaturated Zone

2015

Jacob Kegerreis

Department of Physics

Bouncing on the Moon: Modelling the Lunar Exosphere

2016

Rebecca Madden

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

An Investigation of the Wind Environment Generated Around Bridgewater Place

2017

Emma Ownsworth

Department of Earth Sciences

Tracing the Natural and Anthropogenic Influence on the Chemistry of Estuarine Macroalgae: Insights from the Firth of Forth and Forth Estuary, Scotland

2018

Benjamin Hodkinson Department of Physics

The Inert Higgs Doublet Model at Lepton Colliders

2019

Patrick Christie