2020 Perse Rouse Awards winners announced
16 Sep 2020
The winners of the 2020 Perse Rouse Awards have been hailed for the “intellectual maturity and passion” shown in their research projects.
A panel of Perse Governors and Oxbridge academics came together online via Zoom to judge the 12 finalists in the Rouse Awards programme, an internally-assessed independent research programme for Lower Sixth students in which they are guided in their investigations by subject specialist teachers.
This year’s four winners were:
• Isabel Painter (winner of the Rouse Artefact Award) – How can design adaptations be used to improve wellbeing in prisons?
• Hyaline Chen – Evaluating the viability of solutions to the Hubble Tension.
• Juliette Richards – Exploring the piano’s ability to replicate the sounds of other musical instruments.
• Florie Harmer – Personal discovery or a call for social change: An exploration of mental health in American literature 1955-65.
Perse Governor Professor Alex Oliver, a member of the Rouse panel, was impressed with the quality of all of the finalists’ investigations, but felt the four winners stood out.
He said: “This year’s 12 finalists submitted an extraordinary array of projects, well outside the usual exam syllabus and manifesting all the scholarly virtues – curiosity, creativity and ambition, not to mention the capacity for hard graft.
“The four eventual winners tackled topics ranging from cosmology and the physics of the piano, through to the humane design of prisons and mental health in American literature.
“They all deftly managed the testing task of designing their projects to fit the word limits. Their pieces stood out by virtue of the clarity of writing, the elegance of presentation, and the depth of research.
“The winners displayed exceptional intellectual maturity and passion for their subjects. Their work was truly impressive.”