Thanks to everyone who participated in our writing competition! We were delighted to receive so many entries (almost 100 in total). Some elements – copper and nitrogen in particular – proved more popular than others, but all seven elements up for grabs were well represented, we had fun reading the essays, and we learned some quirky anecdotes in the process (I shall share these in future posts).
Believe me, the judging was by no means easy. But with input from all of the Nature Chemistry editors and our two external judges – previously introduced here – we got down to a selection of seven essays and we are now delighted to announce the winners (in atomic number order of the elements):
Christine Herman, PhD student
Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Michael Tarselli, research chemist
PharmAgra Labs in Brevard, North Carolina, USA
Margit Muller, PhD Student
Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Tiberiu Moga, medical student
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada.
Matt Rattley, undergraduate chemistry student
University of Oxford, England, UK
Catherine Renouf, PhD student in materials chemistry
University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
Jan Hartmann, undergraduate chemistry student
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
We are now planning to publish the winning essays throughout the next few months as part of the regular ‘in your element’ feature (that’s when I’ll share anecdotes with you on the blog), starting with our December issue.
Many thanks again to everyone who sent us an essay, we hope you enjoyed writing them, we certainly enjoyed reading them!
Anne Pichon (Associate Editor, Nature Chemistry)