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Stuart Cooper and team win New Zealand Prime Minister's Science Prize

Alumnus Stuart Cooper and his team scooped up the New Zealand Prime Minister's Science Prize this year! This is the most prestigious science-related prize that is awarded in New Zealand.

Stuart works in a government-based forensic laboratory team, which developed a forensic DNA interpretation software that is now being used worldwide! They provide training and support to labs all around the world and Stuart has travelled to deliver over 30 DNA interpretation workshops and conferences in various locations, including the USA, Canada, UK, Europe and Hong Kong. Stuart and his team scooped up the New Zealand Prime Minister's Science Prize for the outstanding work that they have done. Stuart said: 

"I am a proud graduate at Newcastle University of the Physiological Sciences BSc (Hons) course, class of 1996-1999, and we were honoured, delighted and humbled to win this award. It was great to meet the Prime Minister of New Zealand and have a brilliant day down at Parliament."

Stuart completed a Masters Degree in Forensic Science and moved to New Zealand about 10 years ago. He has worked in forensic Science for around 19 years now.

A huge congratulations to Stuart and his team of colleagues, what a brilliant achievement to be proud of!

Stuart Cooper and colleague
Stuart Cooper and colleague

published on: 18 June 2019