Students taste victory at science contest

MSc Food Science students at London Metropolitan University are developing an appetite for success after winning top prizes in a major competition.
Date: 01/08/2012

MSc Food Science students at London Metropolitan University are developing an appetite for success after winning top prizes in a major competition.

The students took part in the Young Scientist Competition, organised by the prestigious Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST). 

MSc student Jacopo Mistrello won the first prize, scooping £150 and free membership of the IFST. Fellow Food Science student Sameera Sirisena came third in the competition, whilst Mina Dean, a graduate from the course, was a runner up.

The competition was held at Leatherhead Food Research and challenged the students with giving presentations based on their individual research projects.

Jacopo, based in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing, said: “The competition was a rewarding experience, and not just because I won. I had the opportunity to meet students from other universities and professionals from several food companies were there. 

“I have worked really hard on the project so I am very happy – it feels great. At the very beginning I encountered some problems and had to review the project, but I have always been supported by some of the staff members at London Met, such as Brian Whiting, Osman Erkek, and Arun Rajan. 

“My London Met experience has really given me the opportunity to reinforce and enhance my skills and knowledge.” 

Richard Marshall, Course Leader on MSc Food Science, said: “These excellent results serve to underline the quality of the MSc Food Science course at London Met and the very high reputation that it has. 

“This is due not only to the quality of our students but also to the knowledge, expertise, skill and dedication of the staff and our ability to attract high-calibre students. 

“That our students achieved such creditable results against the other competitors, two of which were from another university presenting their PhD work, further emphasises the quality of the course at London Met.”

Find out more about studying in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing. 

For more information about this news story, contact l.foddy@londonmet.ac.uk