GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year Award: 2018 winner announced

27 March 2018

Dulwich student Emily Xu was crowned this year’s winner at The Big Bang Fair for her project titled “New Ways of Separating Mirror Image Molecules”.

GSK sponsors the GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year Award, a nation-wide competition to recognise and reward young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The competition is designed to help students build skills and confidence in project-based work, and give them the boost they need to start changing the face of science.

This year’s award, which was announced at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, was given to Emily Xu. Emily’s project looked at new methods to distinguish mirror image molecules, a characteristic that makes molecules very difficult to separate. The work completed by Emily could be very helpful in the pharmaceutical industry – in the case of ibuprofen, her methods could help to make the drug more effective; in the case of thalidomide, her methods could help to eliminate the drug’s negative effects. 

After receiving the award, Emily said “I’m really shocked, but at the same time I am very honoured to be given this award. The overall Big Bang experience is definitely one that I’d recommend to any other young person interested in pursuing science.”

Nikki Yates, Senior Vice President and General Manager of GSK UK, said: “The quality of entries this year was incredibly high right across the board, and highlighted some amazing young talent.  It really was a tough decision when it came to picking a winner.”

With students such as Emily paving the way for the next generation of STEM industries, the future is looking bright. Everyone at GSK wishes Emily all the best for the future, and we can’t wait to see what the rest of this year brings!


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