In 2012 Material World - Radio 4's weekly science show - helped four amateur scientists turn their ideas into real-life experiments.
Val Watham has been chosen as the BBC's Amateur Scientist of the Year, for her study on the science of fashion.
All our finalists presented their results at Cheltenham Science Festival on June 16 2012 in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. The runners-up were:
- Dara Djavan Khoshdel wanted to find out if the price of art correlates to our emotional response to the work.
- Val Watham investigated whether horizontal or vertical stripes are more flattering to wear.
- William Rudling is a caricaturist trying to discover whether people who look the same also sound the same.
- Izzy Thomlinson wanted to know why horrible noises affect some people more than others.
Entries are now closed
“One of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my life.”Ruth Brooks on the Radio 4 Blog
You can read about the range of entries we received in this BBC News article, "So you want to be a scientist?" from the programme's producer.
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