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Scientists Compete in Alltech Science Prize 2011

Emily Talukdar being awarded the Alltech science prize from Alltech VP Steve BourneBudding scientists from the Stamford Endowed Schools were recently put through their paces in the annual Alltech Stamford Endowed Schools Young Scientist Award competition. The next generation of scientists educated at the Stamford Endowed Schools were well represented by the exceptional talent that was displayed in the submitted entries.

The Alltech Stamford Endowed Young Scientist Award, now in its third year, is one of many educational initiatives created by Alltech to promote science at all levels of education. Operating in the UK for over 25 years, Alltech is a global animal, health and nutrition company, based on Ryhall Road, Stamford.

To enter the competition, students were required to write a 3000 word review paper on a key scientific topic of their choice. Five finalists, selected from ten entry submissions, were invited to attend a presentation evening held at Stamford High School for the final stage of the competition. Here, the finalists presented their papers to a judging panel; academic and industry expert Dr. Sheena Fagan, research and laboratory co-ordinator, Alltech European Bioscience centre and Dr. John Leake, fellow of St. John’s College Cambridge.

This year’s winner, Emily Talukdar, won with her paper, ‘The Evolution of Codes and Ciphers and the Future of Quantum Cryptography.’  Emily wins a prize of £250 and the opportunity to spend a week at Alltech’s European Bioscience Centre which incorporates the European Research Laboratories.

Speaking about the competition, Stephen Roberts, principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools, said, “I was very impressed with the high quality of the reports and presentations. The Schools are pleased to be supported by Alltech in this competition, which recognises the talents of our young scientists.”