Jemima Tabeart: Chancellor's Prizewinner

Jemima Tabeart, who graduates with a degree in mathematics, is awarded this year’s Chancellor’s Prize for exceptional academic achievement and her contribution to University life.

Jemima was selected as the best final year undergraduate because of excellent academic results throughout her degree; a successful research project carried out with a bursary from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); and wide ranging involvement in academic and cultural activities at the University.

In her eight-week research project Jemima worked with Professor Paul Milewski and other experts in the field of fluid mechanics at the University of Cambridge, on modelling the behaviour of bouncing droplets on a vibrated liquid surface. This put into practice theoretical results developed by Professor Milewski in a computer model, to better understand some of the more unusual aspects of the phenomenon.

Alongside her studies, Jemima was a student Academic Representative, a member of Council, Senate and the Students' Union Committee, and an accommodation Captain at the University’s John Wood Court. She also belonged to the Choral and Orchestral Society.

On receiving the award, Jemima said: “I was surprised and delighted to receive the Chancellor's Prize, and it makes for a wonderful finish to my time at Bath. The last four years have been amazing, and I have really enjoyed the chance to get involved in a wide variety of activities alongside an interesting and challenging degree programme.

“High points include spending a year studying in Grenoble, France, serving as Secretary for the Choral and Orchestral Society, representing my peers at department and University level, and tutoring first year algebra.

Jemima will now take up a funded PhD position at the Mathematics of Planet Earth Centre, an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training of Imperial College London and the University of Reading. She added: “Although I am sad to be leaving Bath, I am looking forward to starting my PhD. I know that I will always look back fondly on my time here, and I have been fortunate to have had access to all the many opportunities offered by both the University and Students' Union.”

Dr Simon Shaw, lecturer in statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and Jemima’s personal tutor throughout her time at Bath, said: “It has been an enormous pleasure to have Jemima as a personal tutee. An excellent student, she achieved a first class performance in every set of her exams and her highly successful Erasmus placement year at Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble demonstrates her academic excellence, individual maturity, and flexibility of mind.

“It is not however just her academic talents that make her noteworthy but also her consistent committed interest in improving the student experience.

“Jemima wears her achievements lightly and I am delighted that she is awarded the 2015 Chancellor’s Prize. I look forward to seeing her continue her success as she moves on to her PhD studies.”

Jemima receives her award from HRH The Earl of Wessex, our Chancellor, at Bath Abbey on Tuesday 30 June.

The Chancellor's Prize was established in 1992 through the generosity of Lord Kearton, the University's second Chancellor.

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