MSci Geology student Maddy Ralph (pictured right) has been awarded the the national geological mapping prize for 2012. The Dave Johnston Memorial Field Mapping Prize is awarded to the best geological map produced by a student in the UK or Ireland on the basis of their independent research project. This national prize is administered by the Tectonic Studies Group and judged by a panel of academics and staff from the British Geological Survey. Maddy undertook her mapping in the Coniston area of the Lake District, and the judges commended her thoroughly professional geological assessment of the area, and also noted that for this year’s competition the standard of submitted entries was encouragingly high.
Maddy comes from a long line of Birmingham students who have been awarded the prize – it has been awarded to a Birmingham student seven times in total since the prize was inaugurated, and four times in the last eight years.