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    British Science Association Award for Michelle

    Sixth Former Michelle Meng has won a prestigious Gold CREST Award from the British Science Association for research work into motor neuron disease carried out during the summer holidays.

    Kimbolton School Student Michelle Meng Recieves her British Science Association Gold CREST AwardSixth Former Michelle Meng has won a prestigious Gold CREST Award from the British Science Association for research work into motor neuron disease carried out during the summer holidays.

    The 18-year-old worked alongside scientists in the Department of Genetics at Cambridge University, as part of a five-week work placement secured through the Nuffield Foundation.

    Michelle said: “Using novel experiments and fruit flies, I investigated the function of the gene SPG11 in autophagy, a gene known to be mutated in those with motor neuron disease. I produced a written report and presented my research at Anglia Ruskin University.”

    The Nuffield Foundation Research Placement Scheme offers work experience in local universities and industries for students interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, maths and engineering). It provides over 1,000 students each year with the opportunity to work on real-life projects, giving youngsters an insight into the world of scientific research and development.

    CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM project work. Mrs Alison Bates, Kimbolton School Head of Careers,  commented: “UCAS endorse CREST Awards for inclusion in students’ personal statements – they’re a well-regarded recognition of success.”

    Michelle’s award should stand her in good stead for the future – she’s currently studying for A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, and hopes to study Biomedical Science at university before going into medical research.