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15 life science brains, three winners

Students competed for fame – and a cash prize – as they speed-presented their theories to the audience at Fifteen Minutes of Brain

The challenge is to present your thesis in no more than 15 minutes in front of the public and judges. Out of the 15 participants – one from each level of studies gets to win the big prize.

It is the annual 15 minutes of Brain competition at the Faculty of Life Sciences now in its sixth year. Three proud students ended up getting their evening of glory – Louise Birkholm Hermansen (Bachelor), Frederik J. H. Nielsen (Master’s) and Nethaji J Gallage (PhD).

»It’s terrific«, exclaimed Frederik to the approval of his two other companion champions. Louise explained to this reporter: »It’s difficult to explain something to someone that doesn’t know the topic at all«.

Fame comes with a prize

The three winners have good reason to smile. Not only did they have the honour of being recognised for their hard work, but they also won DKK 10,000 each.

Sponsors from the world of business judge the contestants. This year, Novo, DLBR and Pro-Active Plants provided the support and judges. The prize was an extra motivation for this year’s winners, they admit.

»I will use it to help support myself for my Master’s studies«, explained Louise, while Frederik said he was »hoping to do an internship in a foreign country within the next year.«

Nethaji is »hoping to go to the Reunion Island to pursue my research«.

The lucky winners with the chance to boast about being the biggest, brightest brains of the faculty are:

BSc brain, Louise Birkholm Hermansen

MSc brain, Frederik J. H. Nielsen

PhD brain, Nethaji J Gallage

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