The Spanish Ministry of Education annually runs a competition to recognize college students’ research by awarding a prize for their work at Spanish higher educational institution.

The competition has been run by since 2002 and it was the first time the Crit Lab participated. The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) takes part, along with a number of other public and private institutions involved in research. The event has a dual goal: promoting the combination of teaching and research in Spanish universities, and encouraging students to go into the research field.

In 17 editions, 297 prices have been given to 430 researchers. Among these researchers, 35% are women (almost 50% in biomedical sciences). Overall, the budget assigned to these prices has surpassed 1 million €.

Our student Cecilia López Martínez presented her data about cancer, was elected as a finalist and received one of the 14 secondary awards. The award consists on a monetary prize funded by Fundación ONCE and a short stay at a CSIC research centre. Her project has been tutored by Crit Lab’s IP, Guillermo M Albaiceta, and one of our postdoctoral researchers, Inés López Alonso.

Congratulations, Cecilia!! All the team are proud of your results!! Keep on working so hard!