Rydal Penrhos pupil is first ever non-medical student to speak at surgical research symposium
9th November 2015

A Pupil at a Colwyn Bay school became the first ever sixth-form student to present his findings from a recent science project at a major surgical research symposium.

Shaswath Ganapathi, head boy at Rydal Penrhos, took part in the prestigious Nuffield Placement Scheme at Bangor University during the summer, where he was based in the photonics department working on a device that measures angular motions of hand movements.

His project was chosen from over 100 medical students for nine podium places at the 6th RCSED All-Wales Medical and Dental Student Surgical Research Symposium, which was held in Port Talbot on Friday, October 16.

He said: “It really was a fantastic experience and I am delighted with how it turned out.


Rydal Penrhos pupil Shaswath Ganapathi receiving his runner-up award foin the Oral Presentation category at the symposium


“They have never had a sixth-from student been accepted for this event and I was delighted to win one of the podium spots for the presentation, which I was not expecting.”

Following his talk the upper sixth pupil was awarded with the runner-up medal in the Oral Presentation category, while coming also coming away as the winner in the surgical skills competition.

“I was very shocked as I wasn't expecting to finish runner-up in the slightest,” added Shaswath.

“Beating seven other medical students in the oral presentation who have spent a full year compared to my four weeks was amazing.

“After the announcement I got some very kind compliments from the judges and other doctors and had some long discussions with them.”

There are now plans to develop the mechanical prototype with a mechanical engineer and present it at future talks.


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