Cornwall’s Young Physicists Viva for Essay Prize

In the month of June teachers and students from across Cornwall were delighted to welcome Dr Veronique Boisvert to Truro School as she led a superb lecture on Particle Physics exploring the journey to the Standard Model and discovery of the Higgs Boson, commonly known as the “God Particle”. Dr Boisvert was also on hand to announce the winner of Cornwall’s inaugural Humphry Davy Essay Prize.
Following an incredible physics talk in the Burrell Theatre, each of the Humphry Davy Essay finalists gave a 5 minute presentation, enlightening the audience on their chosen topic within the theme of Cornish Science and Technology. After some difficult and challenging questions from both the panel and audience, the seven students then waited with bated breath for the evening presentation where the winner would be announced.
That evening, in her speech to the audience Dr Boisvert said:

“The level of scientific content and ability to communicate difficult concepts shown today was excellent.”

Humphry Davy Physics Essay Prize Winners 2015

Warm congratulations go to Falmouth School who claimed the Year 10 prize with hosts Truro School scooping the Year 12 category.
Nick Fisher, Deputy Headmaster Truro School said to students, parents and staff attending the dinner:

“I am delighted to see such enthusiastic bright students in front of me; I am certain the future of physics is safe in your hands”.

About Dr Veronique Boisvert

Dr Veronique Boisvert obtained her BSc in Physics at the Université de Montreal in 1995, the year that the top quark was discovered. She took her PhD at Cornell University, USA, and was awarded a CERN fellowship in 2002, closely followed by the award of a fellowship at the University of Rochester. In 2007 she came to the UK, joining Royal Holloway, University of London. Her current research remains focused on Particle Physics, working on the ATLAS detector at CERN Geneva, where she specialises in the top quark. She combines her busy research schedule with her roles as Admissions Tutor at the university and as Chair of the Women in Physics Group.