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More national dissertation prizes for UCL geographers

Isostatic change in coastal Scotland and Wales and climate change in Amazonia

More national dissertation prizes for UCL geographers

UCL geographers have again been successful in gaining national prizes for their final year dissertations.

First, Hannah Mallinson has been awarded the British Society for Geomorphology Marjorie Sweeting Dissertation Prize 2014 for the best undergraduate dissertation focusing on geomorphology.

Her project was Glacial isostatic readjustment of the British Isles: a study of coastal response in Western Scotland and Southern Wales, supervised by Dr Chris Brierley with help from Dr Helene Burningham.

A PDF of Hannah’s dissertation will appear on the BSG website. The award includes a £200 prize plus funded attendance at the BSG conference next September in Southampton. Hannah will also be invited to submit an abstract to present her research if she wishes.

This is the second time a UCL Geography student has scooped this prize in recent years - Chris Checkley won it in 2010.

Secondly, following her runner up prize in the British Hydrological Society Student Award 2014, Joon Ting Ho has been awarded the top prize in the Royal Geographical Society Climate Change Research Group Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2014. Her thesis, Modelling the Hydrological Impacts of Climate Change on the Tocantins-Araguaia River Basin (Brazil), was supervised by Dr Chris Brierley with help from Dr Julian Thompson. The award includes a £100 prize.

The panel reported that “Joon’s work is well written with excellent critical analysis and discussion.  The methods and data used are of exceptionally high quality, and Joon has clearly demonstrated excellent understanding of the problem.  Overall, this project represents a lot of hard work and that should be commended.  It is our opinion that the dissertation, with minor tweaking, could easily be of publishable quality.“


Hannah Mallinson and Joon Ting Ho

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