Bert Thurston Prize 2016

Posted by mb674 at Jul 19, 2016 08:50 AM |
Sophie Stanley, supervised by Professor Guy Rutty and Professor Sarah Hainsworth, wins the Bert Thurston Prize 2016
Bert Thurston Prize 2016

Sophie Stanley, the Bert Thurston best poster presentation prize winner 2016, with Professor Thurston and also her co-supervisor, Professor Sarah Hainsworth.

The Bert Thurston Prize was established in 2009 for the best iBSc Medical Research student, judged on the basis of a poster presentation. The iBSc Medical Research students all spend an extra year part-way through the course, and this is spent working full-time on a research project.  This year’s prize winner was Sophie Stanley, supervised by Professor G Rutty (Department of Cancer Studies and Professor S Hainsworth (Department of Engineering).  

Sophie’s project is entitled “How the application of microComputed Tomography (microCT) for the differentiation between serrated and non-serrated blades in the infliction of stab wounds varies in different tissue types.

“The intercalated BSc scheme has allowed me to experience a speciality (forensic pathology) not traditionally part of the medical curriculum. Through my project I have been able to explore my own ideas and develop skills which I hope to use in future research projects” – Sophie Stanley

The prize was presented by Professor Bert Thurston himself at a lunch on Friday 27 May 2016. Professor Thurston took an intercalated BSc during his student years and found it to be a most valuable experience and a great start to his research career.

Dr Caroline Beardsmore, Chair of the BSc Intercalated Degree Committee, said ‘the range of research projects that our students are able to engage with never ceases to amaze me. Sophie’s work builds on links between medicine and engineering and is a great example of collaboration between different parts of the University. The overall standard of posters was excellent and, as Professor Thurston said at the prize presentation, “in reality all the students are winners!”.

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