Chemistry students shine
23 April 2009
Two students in the School of Chemistry have recently received accolades, from the Salters’ Institute and NESTA FameLab respectively.
Zoe Schnepp, a postgraduate student working with Professor Steve Mann, has won the south-west regional final – one of five regional rounds – of the NESTA FameLab competition that took place at At-Bristol recently. NESTA FameLab is a national competition ‘to find and support talented scientists who can share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the public in an innovative and entertaining way’. Ten finalists (there are the five winners and five runners-up from each of the regional rounds) will receive a ‘media makeover’, make podcasts to be shown via Channel 4 and present their cases at the national final to be held at the Cheltenham Science Festival on 5 June. The winner will receive real airtime on Channel 4 and a ‘significant’ award.
At the regional final Ms Schnepp spoke about her work at the University, which involves growing nanowires of electronic materials using nothing but heat and seaweed. She also gives talks and demonstrations to school groups for the Bristol ChemLabS outreach project. Professor Tim Gallagher said: ‘This is a fantastic and well-deserved achievement for Zoe, and all her colleagues in the School of Chemistry wish her well for the final.’