Sexey’s School are delighted to announce that one of their sixth form students, Miss Hannah Petrovic has achieved the highly coveted Gold CREST Award from the prestigious Nuffield STEM Project, run by the British Science Association. The criteria for successful completion is pretty gruelling and included Hannah spending over 70 hours on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) project under supervision and completing a scientific report alongside this. Hannah spent 7 hours each day for 5 weeks during the summer holidays carrying out astrophysics research at the University of Bristol. She investigated whether the presence of a planet around a binary star system (a system with two stars) could promote growth of additional planets in the system, under the guidance of Dr Zoë Leinhardt and a PhD student. Hannah’s final report was the same quality as that of an undergraduate dissertation and has recently been informed that the results that she gathered will be referenced and acknowledged in the PhD thesis of another one of her supervisors, Stefan Lines.
Hannah said, “This opportunity has given me new and essential skills which will be transferable into a degree doing Physics with Astrophysics at University in the future and I hope to continue to work in a research environment after this. I would recommend any A-level student interested in a degree in science, researches the opportunities available to them to work on a summer placement like this”.
Sexey’s Director of Sixth Form, Mrs Linda Nixon commented, “I am delighted that Hannah has had the opportunity to work with professionals conducting research at such a high academic level at the University of Bristol. The dedication and commitment Hannah has shown in spending her entire summer holidays undertaking the research and writing up her thesis is exemplary and will stand her in good stead for her future career aspirations in Astrophysics research. She is a credit to Sexey’s School and our Sixth Form.
To find out more about studying A-levels at Sexey’s School, do come along to our 6th Form Open Evening next week on Tuesday 6th October at 6pm. Please visit our website (www.sexeys.org) for more details and do follow us on Twitter for all the latest developments @SexeysSchool.