Work experience student wins national young scientist award

A secondary school student who did work experience in Biomedical Science has been named UK Young Scientist of the Year.

Sarah Sobka, who attends Sheffield High School, was given the award as part of the National Science and Engineering Competition at the annual Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.

During a four week placement, she helped examine Lubiprostone, a drug which is commonly used to treat women with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, to see if it could be used to treat cystic fibrosis.

She told the BBC: “I was a small part in a really big paper.

“But, every small step is important. The more we know the more help that gives us in synthesising new drugs.

“Every little bit of understanding helps.”


National Science and Engineering Competition