Congratulations to Pollyanna Harris who has received a letter of commendation from the fellows of Corpus Christi, Oxford, recognising the standard of her entry in the Biomedical Science Category of the Schools’ Science Prize 2018.

Entrants of the competition were given the title ‘Are mutations good or bad for human health?’ and

Pollyanna decided to enter as it gave her a practical way to apply the knowledge she had acquired through her extra reading which was part of her Oxbridge application.

Pollyanna is studying A level Biology, Psychology, Art and Spanish (independently) and has applied to study Biology at university, accepting an offer from Bath for a four-year course which includes a professional placement.

She says: “Entering this competition allowed me to go through a research process and formulate my own arguments by combining concepts from different areas to explain one phenomenon. It was a very enjoyable activity to partake in, and I have maintained the skills and pleasure I gained from it to this day.”

Pollyanna would like to continue to pursue her passion for biology with the goal of reaching a PhD in an area of specialism, investigating into her main areas of interest: genetics and evolution.  She says: “I would like to conduct research, write and maybe lecture or become involved in science communication and education.”