Chloe Withers and Andrew Prossor could be named as the UK young scientists of the year after making it to the final of the National Science and Engineering Competition.
The two upper sixth form pupils have been nominated for the prize after carrying out research with Professor Heagerty at Manchester Royal Infirmary on the effect of diabetes on small arteries. They have already won one of the British Science Association’s prestigious gold crest awards for the project, which was partly funded by Andrew’s Nuffield bursary.
Chloe and Andrew will discover whether they will be recognised as young scientists of the year at the Big Bang fair in Birmingham later this month, with their work being given stand space on the main exhibition floor where they will explain their project in person to thousands of visitors.
It is the second consecutive year that a Stockport Grammar pupil has been nominated for the prize after Lauren Fowler completed a similar project in 2011.
Speaking about Chloe and Andrew’s project, Dr Jane Gilbert, a Biology teacher at Stockport Grammar, said:
The experience is always extremely valuable and the work of the students is generally published as part of Professor Heagerty’s research.
For those who wish to attend medical school, this almost certainly helps their application and their future CV.
Chloe is one of the 12 members of the Upper Sixth who are celebrating offers from one of the Oxbridge universities, where she hopes to study Medicine.