Institute of Physics Awards Dinner

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Kingsbury High School’s Sixth Form student, Jade Constantinou, was selected to co-host at the Institute of Physics (IOP) annual awards dinner which took place on Wednesday 15th October 2014.  Jade spent her summer volunteering at, and signing up to, various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) organisations including the Science & Technology Faculties Council; spending a day at the University College London’s Observatory with Teaching Fellow in Astronomy, Dr Steve Fossey; a two week internship at Laing O’Rourke; and applying to the Social Mobility Foundation’s Aspiring Professionals Programme, where she was introduced to the possibility of becoming an orator for the IOP’s prestigious awards ceremony.

The selection process involved an interview where Jade was up against students from various colleges. Jade was successful and was selected alongside, A Level Physics student, Renato from Woodhouse College in Finchley.

Jade said “I received an email informing me that I had been chosen to be one of the orators for the event. The institute had never used students to present the awards before, so we had a lot of preparation in rehearsals. We wrote our own introductions and we had to know how to say all of the technical terms and names of the award winners correctly. It would have been quite embarrassing if we had mispronounced any names in front of all these great physicists and scientists.

“It’s been an amazing experience. Most people wouldn’t get the opportunity that I had and I’m really, really grateful that I got it. It’s been a really good insight into making connections; working; building up my skills; and knowing how the real world works. In the future I definitely want to pursue something in the Physics sector. It has really inspired me to represent Physics more and to represent women going in to Physics.”

Dr Frances Saunders, President of the Institute of Physics, said “We were delighted to have Jade and Renato join us for the dinner.  It was wonderful to have two such enthusiastic physics students with us for the evening.  They did an incredible job and we’re very grateful.  Kingsbury should be proud to have such a confident ambassador. I wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.”

Photography: The Institute of Physics. View more here.

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