The Prince Philip Award and Marsh Prize
This Award is run in association with the Zoological Society of London and is directed towards under-19 year olds. It recognises excellence and contribution to science, whilst encouraging students to see biology as a relevant and exciting field of study.
Entrants submit an account of original practical work of a standard comparable with A-level projects or higher. The projects are judged by a panel of experts from the ZSL, who then select the winning study.
The Zoological Society of London is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.
(2015 Awards were presented in 2016)
The 2015 winner is Ingrid Christine Easton
Ingrid won this Award for her project entitled “Is the composting worm Eisenia fetida repelled by lemon peel in compost?”, undertaken at Queen’s Gate School.
In this very novel idea for a study, Ingrid has shown independence and produced some results which have a very practical use. She used a standard avoidance test to see whether citrus fruits make soil too acidic for earthworms. Her project included astonishing attention to detail and was able to prove that worms showed a higher level of avoidance behaviour with higher concentration levels of peel. In addition to her extensive data collection, Ingrid also produced a clear critical evaluation of her study which identified priorities for future research.
Pictured: Ingrid Christine Easton with Dr May Lee
The Zoological Society of London