Isobel Mawby

Outstanding achievement

One of the top performing students in her year, Isobel ‘Izzie’ Mawby has been awarded one of Ede & Ravenscroft’s prestigious Women into Science Prizes for her exceptional academic performance. This £1000 prize rewards female students for their outstanding academic achievement in science subjects in which they have been traditionally underrepresented. The prizes are awarded by Ede & Ravenscroft, who supply robes to Lancaster University students during graduation.

“I feel very happy to have been acknowledged and rewarded for my hard work,” Izzie tells us. “I am proud of myself and of my success, and feel encouraged to keep achieving in future years. The prize money will enable me to buy textbooks and resources for my degree, meaning I have less financial stress which is a great relief.”

A fascinating degree

Izzie has enjoyed the opportunity to explore her interests and hone her mathematical skills. “I definitely enjoyed the Quantum Physics module the most,” she says. “This is because the module was taught in a chronological order, which showed the breakdown of classical physics and the development of modern physics which was interesting to understand. I really enjoyed learning about the Schrödinger equation and how it can be used to gain information on a certain situation. The module had a high mathematical content, which was fun and it was good to be able to use the mathematics that I had learnt throughout the year.”

Izzie was convinced to study in our Physics Department due to its outstanding reputation and fascinating degree schemes, as well as Lancaster’s enviable location and collegiate system. “I chose to study at Lancaster University mainly because of the high quality Physics Department, and I was interested in the research that they undertake,” she says.  “The collegiate system really appealed to me, and Lancaster itself is very scenic – the town has everything you need. The best thing about my degree programme is that I am able to study the specific branch of physics which I enjoy most, theoretical physics, and this makes my degree more interesting.”

Having just completed the first year of her degree, Izzie is looking forward to her future career. “I need a challenging and interesting career in an area of which I enjoy,” she says. “This is why, currently, I aspire to go into research. I am unsure of the subject I wish to research, but hope to figure this out whilst doing my degree.”