Antoni Lis, a 19-year-old high school graduate from Warsaw, took third place in this year's European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), scooping EUR 3,500 for his idea regarding using iron oxide nanoparticles in anti-tumour therapy.
This year's jury awarded equal financial prizes to four winners each from first to third place. One of the four third-place prizes went to Antoni Lis.
"Above all I feel appreciated and distinguished," Antoni Lis said. "I'm glad because the preparations were pretty hard (...). We'll see what doors it opens for me, I'm very interested."
The names of the winners were announced in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, on Tuesday. The other Polish team, including Łukasz Gałecki from Gdynia, Mateusz Mazurkiewicz from Rumia and Jan Struziński from Sopot won one of the additional prizes - a one-week stay in the European Laboratory for Particle Physics headquartered in Geneva, for their project about a high altitude micro-air vehicle.
The EUCYS has been run by the European Commission since 1989, grouping participants who have won national competitions. Eligible subjects include the hard sciences and natural science, technology and recently also humanities and social sciences.