Monday, July 25, 2016
NIHR Maudsley BRC announces 2016 Youth Awards winners
The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is proud to announce the winners of its 2016 Youth Awards. As part of the wider Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) Youth Awards, the awards aim to inspire young people from the local area to stay in education and develop a career in science.
Dr Stephani Hatch, who coordinates the awards for the NIHR Maudsley BRC, said, “The applications we received for this year’s youth awards were very high quality, and we’re really looking forward to working with the young people who were successful.”
The names of the award winners (in alphabetical order) are:
- Tolulope Akinola-Adesina – St Saviours and St Olave’s school
- Hiba Aouicha – Burntwood school (sixth form)
- Victoria Balogun – St Saviours and St Olave’s school
- Success Fabusoro – St Saviours and St Olave’s school
- Letitia Johnson – St Martins in the Field school
- Mercy Kayode – St Saviours and St Olave’s school
- Alexandra Andreea Popescu – Evelyn Grace Academy
- Joana Cartaxo Serralha – Sacred Heart Catholic School
- John Vu – Sacred Heart Catholic School
Award holders are all aged between 15 and 18, and attend schools within five miles of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), in Denmark Hill, London.
Each student will attend a work placement at IoPPN in August and October, and will also receive a £50 book token and ongoing mentoring from a researcher for a year. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the national Youth Takeover Day in November this year, in partnership with our Young People’s Mental Health Advisory Group.
To apply, award winners had to fill out an application including a description of their educational and career aspirations; they also had to submit a reference letter from a teacher, tutor or career advisor. Applications were assessed by an expert panel of senior academics at the IoPPN.
Previous award winners have described the awards as “inspirational”, with one previous winner saying, “It has definitely motivated and inspired me to pursue my career goals and to be confident for what I want to achieve”.
Applications for the 2017 NIHR Maudsley BRC youth awards will open in Spring 2017, as will applications for the wider Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) Youth Awards.