Microbiology Society accolade for OU student

An OU student has scooped a top prize for his achievements in microbiology.

Michael Howard, 62, from Worcestershire, has been awarded the Undergraduate Microbiology Prize by the Microbiology Society.

He's been studying for an Open Degree with The Open University, focusing on biology, since March 2012, and was commended for the excellent progress he's been making towards completing his qualification.

He was presented with his award at the OU degree ceremony in  Birmingham by Vice-Chancellor, Peter Horrocks, and Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Hazel Rymer.

Michael said:

"I’m really enjoying studying biology and pushing the boundaries on what I can achieve. It’s great that the skills I’ve learned throughout a career in an office – analysis, planning, research, and teamwork – are also useful to a career as a scientist. I want to say many thanks to the Microbiology Society and The Open University for encouraging and supporting my new-found enthusiasm for biology."

The Microbiology Society awards the prize each year to an undergraduate student in each qualifying institution who performs best in microbiology in the second year of a Bachelor’s degree.

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