The Furness Prize for Science Communication 2018

This year, the College also welcomes Furness Prize nominations from biological science, veterinary science and medical university students.

What is the Furness Prize?

The Furness Prize for Science Communication is an award given to a pathology trainee or undergraduate who has shown excellence in their science communication activities throughout the year.

The aims and objectives of the award are to:

  • cultivate awareness amongst pathology trainees and undergraduates about the importance of public engagement 
  • reward and recognise trainees and undergraduates who have undertaken sustained high-quality science communication activities

A prize of £200 is generously awarded to the winner of the competition, funded by the previous College President Professor Peter Furness (2008-2011).

The winner will be invited to receive their prize at the College's New Fellow's Ceremony in London on 7 February 2019. The winner will be able to bring a guest and the cost of travel to the ceremony will be reimbursed by the College.

How to nominate

Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague who is familiar with their work (the candidate must give their explicit consent for nomination).

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please read the guidance for nominators document before submitting a nomination: 

Nominations must be made on the nomination form:

Completed forms should be sent to publicengagement@rcpath.org by midnight on 10 December 2018. Nominations received after the deadline will not be considered for the prize.

Last year's winner 

The winner of the Furness Prize for Science Communication 2017 was Dr Michelle (k/a Mikhaila) Muscat a Speciality Registrar in Chemical Pathology.

Not only was Dr Muscat in the final stages of a PhD that had a strong focus on the communication of pathology, but she had also published a novel where the main character was a Chemical Pathologist. Michelle developed and delivered numerous school workshops that explored a range of chemical pathology topics including blood tests, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Dr Muscat has also created teaching resources, writing a number of scientific publications on the best methods to communicate and teach pathology. Her very creative approach also enabled her to reach diverse audiences through poetry, theatre and social media. Overall, Michelle impressed the judges both with the quantity and quality of the science communication work she undertook. 

Special commendation was also given to undergraduate student, Teodora Popa, who joined together 250 science and medical students from University College London to educate the general public, 9 schools and 3 local libraries about pathology in 2017.