Chloe and Curtis' Marine Biology Research Earns them a Prestigious Gold Crest Award

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Gold Crest Awards

Bangor Academy A-Level Biology students, Chloe McKee and Curtis Shaw, were delighted to receive their Sentinus Gold Crest Awards at Queen’s University last week.

They were presented the award on the basis of the quality of the research projects they undertook during  their summer holidays as part of the Nuffield Summer Research Placement Scheme.

Chloe spent her six weeks researching Marine Food Webs while Curtis chose Carbon Cycling in Coastal Sediments for his project. They worked with their supervisors, Dr. Barrios–O’Neill and Dr. Hunter, at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Portaferry to  plan their thesis, research and write up a mini dissertation which they presented at the Sentinus event at QUB on 2nd October. Keen to see what all the fuss was about, the Year 13 Biology and BTEC Applied Science classes also attended the awards ceremony. No doubt many of them will be inspired to apply for one of the coveted summer research placements in 2016!

Curtis said:“This was a fantastic experience. The opportunity to work alongside professional Marine Biologists was a real privilege. The Portaferry Laboratory  does really valuable research and I loved being a part of that work this summer.”
Chloe was equally enthusiastic: “My six weeks working in the Nuffield placement was so worthwhile.  I will never forget it! It inspired me to apply to do a degree in Biology at Queen’s next year."