Charlotte Taylor, a third year Applied and Human Biology student at the University, has been awarded the Society for General Microbiology (SGM) Undergraduate Microbiology Prize. Nominated by Programme Director of LHS Dr. Anthony Hilton, Charlotte was awarded £150 and a year’s free undergraduate student membership of the SGM.
The prize aims to encourage excellence in the study of microbiology by undergraduate students and promote greater awareness of the area. It is awarded annually to the undergraduate student in each qualifying institution who performs best in microbiology in their second year of study. Hilton nominated Charlotte due to her performance in her biotechnology exam and practical skills in producing small scale fermentations of antibiotics and beer – she received a first in both exam and coursework.
As an undergraduate member of the SGM, Charlotte will be able to apply for a grant to attend the Life Science Careers Conference in London which gives students the opportunity to further explore their post graduation career options. She told Aspects, 'The prize has made me believe in myself more. It has inspired me to look into a career in microbiology and ascertained what I would like my final year project to be on.”'
Aspects wishes her all the best for her final year of study at Aston.
Words by Munira Jasat