Galton Institute Essay Prize 2018

The Galton Institute wishes to announce an Essay Prize for post-16 secondary students on the topic of “The role of statistics in medical and scientific research, especially in genetics”.

The essay prize commemorates the 100th anniversary of RA Fisher’s iconic paper on “The correlation between relatives on the supposition of Mendelian inheritance”.   In this paper, Fisher introduced the term ‘variance’ and proposed its formal analysis. Fisher is regarded by many as one of the greatest biologists who almost single-handedly created the foundations for modern statistical science.  

R.A. Fisher – © photo by Antony Barrington Brown, reproduced by permission of the R.A.Fisher Memorial Trust

The competition is open to all students aged 18 or under currently studying for A-levels or their equivalent in the United Kingdom and Ireland.  The top prize is £500, with two runner-up prizes of £100.  Commemorative certificates will also be awarded.

Entries should be no longer than 1,000 words including an abstract and must be submitted electronically to the General Secretary with an accompanying letter from the Head of School to confirm that the essay is the student’s own work.

The essays will be marked by a team of experts whose decision is final, and entries will be checked for plagiarism.

The deadline for the 2018 essay prize is 5th February 2018.