Molly Fox is awarded first prize in the ABTA awards for biological and medical sciences.
Gates scholar Molly Fox has won a prestigious doctoral research award from the Association of British Turkish Academics.
She won first place in the category of Biological and Medical Sciences for her research on the evolution of human longevity and a £600 cheque.
The awards were presented at a ceremony at University College London’s Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre on 12 May. Chosen from more than 120 applications after a rigorous judging process, finalists had to demonstrate their presentation skills.
The award ceremony started with ABTA 2012 Doctoral Researcher Awards programme chair, Dr Ozgur Yazaydin’s welcome speech. This was followed by a presentation given by Dr Mehdi Barghchi, Postgraduate Training Co-ordinator at University of Leicester, on the importance choosing the right topic for PhD. Then the finalists in each category gave their presentations which were evaluated by a panel of judges. Before the announcement of the first, second and third places in each category, Professor Alp Ozerdem, Chair in Peace building at University of Coventry, delivered a keynote address on the mission of ABTA and the importance of its activities.
In addition to their cheques, the winners were also given ipads.
Molly  is doing a PhD in Biological Anthropology, focusing on the evolution of life-history traits affecting humans at the earliest and latest stages of life.