KING’S LYNN: Xuesong’s flair for forensics
A student at Lynn’s King Edward VII School interested in science has discovered what it is like to carry out research after getting a prestigious Nuffield Foundation bursary.
Using the bursary, Year 13 student Xuesong Yu spent four weeks on a science project at the University of East Anglia’s forensic chemistry department last summer.
Her project, on the development of practical exercises of recovering forensic evidence, also won her a Gold Crest award. She received this award from Emma Chapman, head of enterprise in education at the NWES enterprise agency, at the school’s recent prizegiving.
Xuesong’s project involved testing various forensic techniques. These included development of different types of fingerprints, the recovery of footwear impressions and tool marks, the identification of fibres, document examination and ink extraction.
Xuesong is studying chemistry, physics, mathematics and further mathematics at KES. She said: “I have always been very interested in science and science-related careers.
“The Nuffield project not only taught me knowledge that is outside the A-level syllabus, but also gave me a great opportunity to taste what it’s like to study and do research at the university.
“The project tested my individual working strength, experiment and organisation skills.”
The Nuffield Foundation is a British charitable trust, set up in 1943 by William Morris, later Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motors. It seeks to improve social well-being by funding research and innovation in education and social policy.
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