LEC students' success showcases women in science

Students shaking hands with their Head of Department, showcasing their certificates
L-R: - Sophie Lee, Jordan Finlay & Professor Philip Barker

Two Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) students in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University have been rewarded a prestigious prize for high achieving female students studying science and STEM-related subjects.

Jordan Finlay and Sophie Lee have each been awarded a Women into Science (2018) accolade, and £600, by Ede & Ravenscroft, who supply robes for Lancaster University students during graduation.

The prize aims to draw upon the success of females in science subjects by showcasing their outstanding academic performance.

Jordan Finlay, who studies for a MSci (Hons) Physical Geography degree at Lancaster University, said: “I really appreciate winning the Women into Science award and it is great to see that the hard work I put into my degree has been recognised in this way; I have also been able to put my prize money towards a fieldwork trip to Mount Etna.

“I chose to study at Lancaster University after attending an applicant visit day and I loved the vibrant atmosphere of campus. I also learnt more about the opportunities that came with my degree and discovered that the course is much more than sitting in a lecture theatre.

“Studying for my degree has given me the chance to combine my love of travel with my studies and I’ve been able to spend a year abroad studying in Australia as part of my course.

“At Lancaster I’m always able to put my work into practice, through laboratory sessions or out in field work, helping me build my technical knowledge and practical skills for my future career, focusing on meteorology and natural hazards.”

Sophie Lee, who studies for a BA (Hons) Geography degree at Lancaster University, said: “I cannot express how grateful I am to Ede & Ravenscroft, Lancaster University and the staff who made it possible for me to win this award. I have worked hard throughout my degree and it is an honour for this to be recognised.

“I’ve always been interested in Geography because of its diverse nature, it is a subject that can open you up to different perspectives of the world and its complexities –this is why studying at Lancaster is great. You are taught by experts in the field who are conducting research to solve real world issues.

“I believe it is of the upmost importance to encourage young women into sciences by showcasing the achievements of female students studying these subjects.”

The Head of Department for the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University, Professor Philip Barker, added: “We are very proud of our Ede & Ravenscroft prize winners; exceptional students are needed to tackle the major social and environmental challenges facing the Earth.

“This award recognises the achievements of excellent female students and is particularly important in delivering real and lasting change. Many congratulations.”

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