Science Success for Maynard Sixth Former Mel Etherton
24th June 2011
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Maynard Sixth Former Melanie Etherton has been highly commended in the Cambridge University Kelvin Science Competition 2011. Mel entered the competition earlier this year, submitting an essay discussing whether scientific ideas have exerted a force on our civilization as great as the more tangible applications of scientific research.  Mel’s was one of only three essays to be highly commended: Awards were also given for first and second place.  She will be attending Cambridge to receive her prize on 1 July. 

Mel has also been selected by University College London to attend their Headstart Course in Biochemistry.  She will stay on campus for the four day residential course, fully funded by the University, next week.  The course promises to be a fascinating and extremely helpful experience. 

And if that wasn’t enough, Mel has also won a Nuffield Bursary to attend Exeter University for four weeks over the summer holiday, studying and working with a Professor in Chemistry.  This is a fantastic opportunity which will include giving a presentation about her work to the Nuffield Bursary Trust. The Trust will be paying her for her work.

Maynard Headmistress, Bee Hughes, said ‘I am thrilled and proud of Mel’s success and wish her the best of luck over the summer. It is fantastic that she has the confidence to enter such a broad and challenging range of competitions, and do so well. On top of all her achievements Mel is studying Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths at A-level.’

The Maynard School has a proven track record of high achievements in science; last year 70% of girls achieved an A* or A grade in A-Level sciences. 

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