Student awards and prizes

Leicester students have been very successful in winning prizes and awards for their scientific work. Our students travel worldwide to conferences and field areas, and are in the vanguard of many research areas. Read here about some recent successes ranging from Brazil to fossil bones.

Rio Tinto Best Student Talk 

Mineral Deposits Study Group Meeting

  • Daryl Banks - 2018 (joint) winner
  • Laura Ward - 2018 (joint) winner
  • Jenny Smith - 2014 winner

Best Masters Research Project Prize

Mineral Deposits Study Group Meeting

  • Laura Ward - 2018 winner

President’s Prize for Best Student Talk

Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting

  • Jordan Bestwick - 2017 winner
  • Laurent Darras - 2010 honourable mention

Council Poster Prize for Best Student Poster

Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting

  • Chris Nedza - 2017 winner
  • Laurent Darras - 2009 winner

University of Leicester, School of Geography Geology and the Environment Postgraduate Research Day

Sylvester Bradley Award for best Geology Postgraduate Presentation

  • Chris Nedza - 2018 winner
  • Thomas Hearing - 2017 winner
  • Tara Stephens - 2016 winner
  • Robert Goodall - 2015 (joint) winner
  • Leah Nolan - 2015 (joint) winner
  • Jack Lacey - 2014 winner
  • Amy Stephen - 2013 (joint) winner
  • Oliver Knevitt - 2013 (joint) winner
  • Thomas Knott - 2012 (joint) winner
  • Sam Matthews - 2012 (joint) winner
  • Sam Cheyney - 2011 winner

Best poster in Geology

  • Laura Ward - 2018 winner

University of Leicester Images of Research Competition

People's Choice Award

Clay Minerals Bursary to Present

British Sedimentological Research Group Meeting in Dublin

  • Sven Koenitzer - 2012 winner

Northern Mine Research Society Travel Grant

  • Nyree Hill - 2012 winner

Student Travel Grant

International Association of Sedimentologists, IAS Annual Meeting, Schladming, Austria

  • Sven Koenitzer - 2012 winner

Society for Sedimentary Geology , American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Conference & Exhibition, Houston

  • Sven Koenitzer - 2011 winner

Madeline A. Fritz Award for Invertebrate Palaeontology

Royal Ontario Museum

  • Oliver Knevitt - 2011 winner

Best Talk

BG PhD Forum

  • Sam Matthews - 2011 winner

Postgraduate Festival of Research

University of Leicester

  • Sarah Owen - 2011 Highly Commended

East Midlands

  • Sarah Owen - 2011 Regional Finalist

Richardson Award

The Geologists' Association

  • Dinah Smith - 2011 Best paper in the PGA

Student Member Travel Grant

Jackson School of Geosciences Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology Annual Meeting

  • Laurent Darras - 2010 winner

Sedgwick Museum Prize

  • Oliver Knevitt - 2010 winner

Best Poster

Petroleum Geoscience Research Collaboration Showcase

  • Sam Matthews - 2010 winner

Henrietta Hutton Research Grant

Royal Geographical Society

  • Sarah Owen - 2010 winner

Postgraduate Research Award in Sustainability and Conservation

Royal Geographical Society

  • Sarah Owen - 2010 winner

Timothy Jefferson Field Research Trust

Geological Society of London

  • Sarah Owen - 2010 winner

Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust Award

Geological Society of London

  • Sarah Owen - 2010 winner

Santander Travel Award

University of Leicester

  • Sarah Owen - 2010 winner

Whitaker Award

Geology at University of Leicester

  • Daryl Blanks - 2018 winner
  • Gregor Hahn, Chris Nedza - 2017 winner