Date of release: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Billy FerraraA science student at the University of Greenwich has scooped a prestigious prize for showing excellence in his studies.

Billy Ferrara was chosen by the Society for General Microbiology for one of its undergraduate awards, given to those who have demonstrated outstanding ability in the second year of their degree courses. The awards are also aimed at promoting a greater awareness of Microbiology and related subjects.

The student, who is now in the final year of his Biological Science BSc degree, within the university’s Faculty of Engineering & Science, wins a cheque for £200 and a certificate from the Society. The award took into account the high quality of his practical, laboratory-based work and his exams during his second year at Greenwich, all of which achieved a First class rating.

All universities from across the country can enter second-year students for an award, but the Society chooses only one from each institution, based on best performance.

Billy, 21, says his ambition now is to gain a First in his overall degree, and then to embark on a PhD in either Microbiology or Cancer Research. Last summer he completed a formal placement at the Institute of Cancer Research in order to learn more about the subject.

He says: “I have worked hard on my degree course and pushed myself to do my very best, so it’s a thrill to be rewarded in this way. My lecturers must take lots of credit – they have always been there to give me direction and help when I have needed it. I have benefitted from great teaching and great support.”

Dr Elinor Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology and Plant Science at Greenwich, says: “We have some excellent Microbiology students who have been a pleasure to teach, especially in lab classes. Billy, in particular, has excelled in his coursework and his prize is well earned.”

For more about studying science at Greenwich, see www.gre.ac.uk/about/schools/science; email courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk; or call 020 8331 9000.

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