Ulster University Biology prize winners Stephanie Ashfield-Beattie and Chloe Watson are congratulated by Ulster University’s Dr Diane Lees-Murdock and Randox Laboratories Ltd’s Dr Mary Jo Kurth.

Ulster University Biology prize winners Stephanie Ashfield-Beattie and Chloe Watson are congratulated by Ulster University’s Dr Diane Lees-Murdock and Randox Laboratories Ltd’s Dr Mary Jo Kurth for achieving the highest overall marks in the final year of their BSc Hons Biology degrees.

Chloe, who graduated with BSc Hons Biology, 1st Class Honours and Diploma in Professional Practice with Distinction, won the inaugural Randox Prize for her high level of commitment and academic excellence throughout her studies.

Stephanie, who graduated with BSc Hons Biology, 1st Class Honours and Diploma in Professional Practice with Distinction, won the Roche Prize for most outstanding final year project, sponsored by Roche Diagnostics. Her project examined the important area of antibiotic resistant bacteria and transmission on hospital uniforms.

They collected their awards on their graduation day at Ulster University’s Coleraine campus at the annual School of Biomedical Sciences prize giving ceremony.

Ulster University BSc Hons Biology degree course director Dr Diane Lees-Murdock said:

“The Course Team for the BSc Hons Biology programme at Ulster are working continuously to ensure that their graduates have the skills and knowledge which the bioscience industry need and are demanding of their workforce. We are delighted that our industrial partners have supported our course by sponsoring three new prizes to recognise the excellence of our students.”

Randox Laboratories Ltd Managing Director and founder Dr Peter FitzGerald said:

“We are delighted that Chloe is the first student to be awarded the Randox Prize; she has done exceptionally well throughout her course. She and her fellow graduates now have the opportunity to grasp for themselves an auspicious future in the field of science, which is improving the lives and quality of life of all the world’s citizens. I wish every student graduating here today the very best for their careers, and hope they each succeed in making their own positive mark on the world.”

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