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Calling all MRC-funded PhD students!

5 Jun 2015

This year’s MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Award, in association with BBC News, has now opened to all MRC-funded PhD students.

The MRC Max Perutz writing prize is one of the ways the MRC encourages young PhD students to develop outstanding communication skills and engage with the wider public about their work. The challenge is to write 800 words for a lay audience and explain 'Why does my research matter?'. The winner gets £1500 and their article published on the BBC News website. There will also be a runner up prize (£500) and 2 highly commended (£250) prizes.

Last year’s winner, Christoffer van Tulleken said: ‘”If you can't explain your PhD to a smart 10 year old there's a good chance you don't understand it yourself" is a mantra in our lab and one my supervisor takes very seriously. The Max Perutz essay prize forced me (embarrassingly for the first time over a year into my PhD) to consider what I was studying in historical context, to really address why what I was doing might be important and indeed why any PhD might be important.’

For more information, or to enter the competition please visit the Max Perutz Science Writing Award page.


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