Frederick contested the title with 125 other research rising stars aged between 14 and 21. In addition to the monetary prize (GBP 5 900 /Euro 7 000) he will have the opportunity to attend the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar 2013.
Promising UK young researchers regularly compete in the contest and are rewarded for their projects. Two of them received awards last year. Thomas Glenn Myer got the special prize of the European Southern Observatory for his work on the bending of reality by the gravity of vast cosmic objects. Helen Mary Sheehan received the special prize of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility for studying steel with laser melting.
The other two first prizes this year go to Perttu Pölönen from Finland and a team from Ireland - Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow. Perttu's project – a clock-shaped innovative tool to teach music – looks to overcome frustration in music learning. The Irish team's work on the diazotroph bacteria on plant germination has the potential to improve the productivity of valuable food crops by increasing yields, reducing fertiliser use, and by reducing losses due to disease and weather.