Is Psychology A Science Essay Competitions

The Lasker Essay Contest invites young scientists to discuss the big questions in science, and the role of biomedical research in our society today. This year they asked participants to use at least one specific example to propose ways in which breakthroughs in biomedical research can be made part of the daily global dialogue, so that a much wider public become better informed and more supportive of biomedical research endeavors. They received 300 essays from all around the world. Essays were judged on the innovation of ideas and the writing style.

Tammy Tran, a PhD candidate in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Program, was recently named the 2017 Lasker Essay Contest Second Place Winner for her essay: Essay: Science is everywhere: unexpected science encounters in the course of everyday life

Originally from Los Angeles, Tran earned her Bachelor of Science with honors in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on studying the neural mechanisms underlying memory function in young adults. As a graduate student, she was awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. She uses functional neuroimaging to investigate changes in memory function in aging and Alzheimer’s disease.

We congratulate Tammy Tran on her achievement in science communication!

Each year the Department of Psychology holds an essay competition for Sixth Form students. This year over 100 essays were received from schools across the country, answering one of two questions:

“Is reason the master of emotions, or are emotions the master of reason?” 


“What has research in the past decade taught us about the relationship between children's acquisition of language skills and their conceptual development?” 

The following students have been short-listed for the three prizes:

Rosalind McAlpine -  Trinity School, Croydon.

Tayyba Amjad - Heckmondwike Grammar School, West Yorkshire.

Thehela Harris - Peter Symonds College, Winchester.

Daphne Jong - St Mary's School, Cambridge.

Tori Maddock - The Crypt School, Gloucester.

Jonathan Pitts - Ripon Grammar School, North Yorkshire.

Evi Rodrigues - Headington School, Oxford.

Nick Rowark - Wilmslow High School, Cheshire.

Paloma Shakouri - Bolton School Girls' Division, Lancashire.

Hannah Steiner - Brighton College, East Sussex.

Judges will reread the short-listed essays and soon announce the winners of the £300, £200 and £100 prizes for the three best essays. The overall winner will be invited to Newnham College with their teacher for lunch with Professor Claire Hughes, organiser of the competition.

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