Anne Pawsey, a PhD student in the Univesrity of Edinburgh’s School of Soft Matter Physics group, and regular Beltane and Bright Club participant has been awarded the 2013 Shell and Institute of Physics Very Early Career Women in Physics Award. The award is organised by the IOP’s Women in Physics Group (WPG) and the £1,000 prize is sponsored by Shell.
The award for excellence in physics as well outreach was presented at a ceremony at the Institute of Physics in London in October.
I was delighted to receive this award and I’d like to thank my supervisor who has supported me scientifically and all the DTC students who joined in so enthusiastically with the outreach. In addition, Beltane have been very supportive of my public engagement activities and Bright Club has been brilliant opportunity to develop my presentation skills. It has given me the confidence to make jokes in public.
Prior to the prize being awarded, Anne and the other short-listed candidates each gave a presentation about their work to an audience of the Women in Physics group committee, colleagues and friends. Anne spoke about her PhD research into colloidal particles at liquid crystal interfaces and about her role in setting up the outreach programme for the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics (CM-DTC). The CM-DTC outreach programme includes a wide range of activities, from working with school science clubs to events at the National Museum of Scotland. Anne has also performed stand-up comedy about her research at the Edinburgh Fringe as part of Bright Club Edinburgh.
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