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Results of the British Society of Soil Science Awards

British Society of Soil Science sponsors two student awards annually at the University of Reading;

  • Best BSc dissertation in Soil Research
  • Best MSc dissertation in Soil Research

Read more about the British Society of Soil Science Awards

Winner of the 2015 MSc BSSS Dissertation Prize

Congratulations to Jumpei Fukumasu for winning the 2015 BSSS MSc Dissertation Award for his dissertation on 'Is there a stronger relationship between N-acquiring extracellular enzyme activity and nitrogen mineralization in disaggregated soils than in aggregated soils?', supervised by Dr Liz Shaw (presenting the award). Excellent work, Jumpei!

Competition this year was particularly tough, with many excellent nominations from students who achieved a distinction in their dissertation module. Well done to all our students for their fantastic research. We wish all of them the best of luck with their future career and thank them for their hard work and dedicated whilst at Reading.

Winner of the 2015 BSc BSSS Dissertation Prize

Congratulations to Rosie Everett, winner of the 2015 BSc BSSS Dissertation Prize for her project on 'Reconstructing Late W├╝rm Late-Glacial and Early Holocene environmental changes in the Corsican uplands and evaluating the response of human groups to climate change and vegetation succession' supervised by Dr Nick Branch (presenting the award).

We're extremely proud of Rosie and all our students' fantastic achievements this year. Competition for the prize this year was tough with many strong entries. We wish everyone from the Class of 2015 the best of luck with their future endeavours.

Winner of the 2014 MSc Dissertation Prize

Congratulations to Chris Moorin, winner of the 2014 MSc Dissertation Prize!

Chris' dissertation was on 'the impact of different organic amendments on potentially toxic element (PTE) bioavailability in soils and the possible evolutionary adaptation of Common Bentgrass (Agrostis capillaris L.) to high PTE concentrations', supervised by Dr Denise Lambkin. The Award was presented at the 2014 Winter Graduation ceremony by Dr Joanna Clark.

Excellent work, Chris! Very well done to all our students for their excellent dissertation projects.

Winner of the 2014 BSc Dissertation Prize

Congratulations to Ben Jones, winner of the 2014 BSc Dissertation Prize for his project on "the effect of leaf litter manipulation on forest CO2 flux in a temperate deciduous oak woodland" (supervised by Dr. Martin Lukac and Dr Joanna Clark).

Ben's project was carried out in collaboration with Forest Research, Alice Holt, Surrey, continuing on from his professional year placement there. Ben graduated in July 2014 with BSc in Environmental Science with Professional Experience. The BSSS award was presented at summer 2014 graduation by Dr Steve Robinson. Excellent work Ben, very well done!

Congratulations to all our students for their dissertation research.

Winner of the 2013 BSc Disseration Competition

The Winner of the 2013 BSc Dissertation Prize was Ruth Harris.

Ruth was presented with the award on the 5th of July (Summer Graduation 2013) by Dr Steve Robinson, Head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Science.

The award recognises the exceptional dedication and commitment Ruth has put into her dissertation, entitled: 'What are the effects of soil stripping with respect to heathland regeneration and what implication does this have for habitat management?' Ruth has been an outstanding student who has just graduated from Reading with a First Class Degree in Environmental Science.

Congratulations to Ruth! Well done to all our students for their great work.

Winner of the 2013 MSc Dissertation Competition

The Winner of the 2013 MSc Dissertation Prize was Sarah Jones. Sarah was a student of MSc Environmental Management who has been looking at 'The effect of nano Zinc oxides on processes in the soil nitrogen cycle' in her dissertation (supervised by Dr. Liz Shaw). Sarah was presented with the award on the 13th of December (Winter Graduation 2013) by Prof. Steven Nortcliff. Congratulations to Sarah Jones for her excellent work and outstanding Master's thesis!