CRM student Sophie Quick wins prize in MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Competition

27 October 2017

Sophie Quick, runner up in the Max Perutz Science Writing Competition 2017
Sophie Quick, runner up in the Max Perutz Science Writing Competition 2017

Congratulations to CRM PhD student Sophie Quick for winning one of three runner up prizes in this year’s MRC Max Perutz Science Writing competition.

Sophie, who is  2nd year Wellcome Trust Tissue Repair student, won £400 with her essay entitled ‘Watering the strawberry fields of the mind’.

Congratulations also go to Karolina Punovuori, who was a finalist in the competition for her essay ""Stem cell biology: decoding the manual for a self-building machine".

The awards were announced on 19th October by the MRC Chairman and Chair of the judging panel, Donald Brydon CBE, alongside Director of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and fellow competition judge, Sir Hugh Pelham, and Professor Robin Perutz, son of the late Max Perutz. First prize went to MRC-funded PhD student Kirstin Leslie from the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow.

Commenting on this year’s competition, Mr Brydon said: “Again young scientists have shown they can communicate their passion for science to a wide audience. The standard of entries was very high and the winner strikes just the right chord in tune with our increasingly data-driven world.”

The Max Perutz Award is in its 20th year and encourages MRC-funded PhD students to communicate their work to a wider audience. Entrants are asked to explain why their research matters in just 800 words. Since the competition started in 1998, over 1,000 researchers have submitted entries and taken their first steps into science communication.

All 14 shortlisted articles can be found on the MRC website