This year’s winners include research on the differential impacts of marine heatwaves on Scleractinian corals and a study into the role accents play in discrimination and the occupational and educational impact this has.

Innovation is a key driver of progress. Recognising and celebrating individuals who embody innovation is an important part of promoting a culture of creativity, curiosity, and excellence. At aql, we are committed to fostering innovation, and our continued support of the annual Beaumont Awards is one way we show this commitment. 

Now in its 6th year, the Beaumont Awards continues to celebrate excellence in undergraduate research, with 10 exceptional students from Leeds University selected as Beaumont Award winners by a panel of academics including aql CEO Professor Adam Beaumont and Chief Scientist John Mama, both of whom are alumni of Leeds University themselves. 

At the Beaumont Awards ceremony, the award winners were given pure silver Beaumont Award medals, a cash prize of £500, and a place at the Leeds University SPARK Enterprise Boot Camp, a course that provides valuable insight into the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship and business.

The 2023 award recipients and their winning research projects are as follows:

Daniel West
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Mimicking Human Tissue Mechanics Using Protein Hydrogels and its Potential in Medical Applications

Ellie Palmer
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures
The Language of the Left Behind: A Study on Accent Discrimination in the UK, Considering the Impacts on Educational and Occupational Opportunity and Gaining a Deeper Insight Toward How Self-Aware Individuals Are of Their Disadvantages

Henry Aldridge
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
AI for Single Cell Analysis

Isabelle Wicks
Faculty of Geophysical Sciences, Earth and Environment 
Using Remote Sensing to Analyse High Mountain Asia Proglacial Lake Thermal Regimes

Precious Jolugbo
Faculty of Medicine and Health
Fluorescent Imaging Using Novel Conjugated Polymeric Nanoparticles-affimer Probes in Complex in Vitro Models of Colorectal Cancer

Roman Porazinski
Faculty of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Active Cell to Cell Balancing for Li-ion Batteries Using Cuk Converter Modified CC-CV Charging Scheme

Ryan Chung
School of Computing
Using Machine Learning to Generate Molecules with Desired Characteristics.

Safiya Dixon
Faculty of Biological Sciences
Inter- and Intraspecific Variation in the Response of Corals to Marine Heatwaves: A Systematic Review

Venitia Acou-Huet de Froberville
Faculty of Environment
Current Status of Seaweed Farming as an Emerging Technological Innovation System in Mauritius and its Prospects as a Sustainable Industry

Victoria Lynn
Faculty of Social Sciences
Understanding Perceptions and Experiences Among Teaching Staff of Autistic Girls in Education

To hear the award winners talk more about their winning projects, please check out this video.

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