Congratulations to the six of our students who were shortlisted and won prizes in this year’s Proscientia Prize – Prisvinnere i Konkurransen Unge Forskere 2015.

Jana (Czech Republic), Era (Albania), Fouad (Morocco), Grete (Estonia) Elisa (Åland) and Bianca (Romania) were invited to the final in Olso and asked to present their IB Extended Essays. Their entries ranged from essays on the Kingdom of Heaven to Science, from Brecht to English language development.

Jana was awarded second prize and prize money of 7000 kroner in the Sciences Category for her essay on the Magnus Coefficient. She introduces her Extended Essay with the following statement: ‘This experimental investigation was inspired by the tennis rule enjoining the chair umpire to change balls every nine games, since hitting the balls alters the surface of the balls. This rule made me, as a huge tennis fan, wonder to what extent only a slight change in surface roughness influences the trajectory of the ball. Therefore this experiment aims to investigate the relationship between surface roughness and the Magnus coefficient.’

Elisa’s essay ‘Did Jesus add anything new to the pre-existing Jewish concept of  ”the Kingdom of Heaven”? in the Humanities Category also won a 7,000 kroner second prize.

Era, Fouad, Grete and Bianca were all third-place prize winners and were awarded stipends of 5,000 kroners each.

Their success follows on from three of our students being shortlisted in 2014 with Teresa from Spain winning the overall competition.

A fantastic achievement by the students with the  support of their supervisors.

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For a report about Elisa, one of the prizewinners , click here.