Former Mandurah student takes out prestigious UWA philosophy prize

Michael Ponds is presented with the prize by Professor Annette George. Photo: Tonia Loke.
Michael Ponds is presented with the prize by Professor Annette George. Photo: Tonia Loke.

FORMER Mandurah Catholic College student Michael Ponds is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Dr Vincent Harry Cooper Memorial Prize for his dissertation New Models for Massive Higher-Spin Fields in Three Dimensions.

The prize is awarded annually to the student who has submitted the most outstanding dissertation in gaining a Bachelor of Philosophy with First Class Honours at UWA.

The BPhil (Hons) is the University’s flagship undergraduate degree.

The prize honours the memory of Dr Vincent Harry Cooper, a foundation board member and chairman of the WA Faculty of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and pioneering General Practitioner Obstetrician in WA.

In 2015-16, Ponds undertook a year of exchange at University College, London.

He has just started a Doctor of Philosophy at UWA, also in Physics, for which he has received a Hackett Postgraduate scholarship.

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