Published: 01 August 2018

Department of Physics celebrates exceptional school students

The Ogden Surrey Schools Physicist of the Year 2018 welcomed 100 students, teachers and parents from 14 Surrey schools to celebrate some exceptional young achievers.

Surrey welcomed 22 Year 10 and 12 school students with their teachers and parents to the special evening event on 9 July.

The annual Schools Physicist of the Year award invites teachers from local schools to nominate students who have shown great improvement and enthusiasm or overcome difficult times to achieve success. The award is run in collaboration with the Ogden Trust which aims to increase the uptake of physics for all post-16, particularly for those from under-represented groups.

Before the prize-giving ceremony, guests enjoyed a range of interactive physics activities staged by staff and students from the Department of Physics. This included guessing the gas using diffraction glasses, and taking part in medical physics experiments such as listening to their blood flowing and trying to find radioactive tracers in replica human lungs. They also got the opportunity to hear from staff and students about the research currently being conducted at Surrey.

The audience were then transported through space and time with a fascinating lecture by Professor Jim Al-Khalili. This talk, which focused on how the quantum world may be connected by wormholes, really captured the interest and imagination of the young physicists and their teachers and parents.

The evening ended with a prize-giving ceremony where each student was presented with a certificate and book from Professor Stephen Sweeney, Head of the Department of Physics.

Dr Heather Campbell, SEPnet Outreach & Ogden Science Officer, said: “It was great to welcome these exceptional students to Surrey and have the chance to tell them more about what we do. Their enthusiasm and engagement with physics, and their thirst to learn more, was very inspiring, and we hope they go on to achieve great things in the future.”


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