Gifted physicists have stars in their eyes

Posted by pt91 at Jun 19, 2012 10:29 AM |
Awards ceremony at University of Leicester inspires physicists of the future

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 19 June 2012

Photo opportunity: Wednesday 20 June from 6 - 8.30pm, in the Physics and Astronomy Building, University of Leicester. For more details tel: 0116 252 5635, e-mail:

Some of Leicester’s bright young stars will be celebrated at an awards evening in the University of Leicester’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, where they will receive the title of Leicester and Leicestershire Physicists of the Year.

On Wednesday 20th June 2012, gifted year 12 physicists from around Leicester and Leicestershire will come together for an awards evening hosted by the Physics and Astronomy department at the University of Leicester to reward their hard work and achievement.

All schools in Leicester and Leicestershire that have year 12 students studying AS level Physics have been asked to nominate their best student to receive an award. The £25 book prize is sponsored by The Ogden Trust whose aim is to maximise the educational opportunities available to young people wishing to study physics.

The nominees, their families and teachers will come together for the evening and attend a keynote lecture entitled “The Cassini mission to Saturn” by Dr Emma Bunce a Reader in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester.  She is part of the Cassini magnetometer team, and is mainly interested in comparing planetary magnetospheres and their auroral emissions.

To close the evening, the Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy Professor Mark Lester will present the students with a certificate and book token.

Outreach Officer Dr Tracey Dickens said, “The awards evening is a chance for us to congratulate the next generation of physicists on their hard work and enthusiasm for the subject. It is also an opportunity to say thank you to the student’s families and teachers for their encouragement and support.”

Recipients of the Ogden Physicist of the Year award are eligible to apply for an Ogden undergraduate scholarship to support degree-level study in physics or a related subject. 

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