The 2016 Eisenthal Prize has been awarded to Rachel Lau, undergraduate student at University College London. Rachel completed her Biochemical Society funded summer vacation studentship with Dr Sarah Martin at Queen Mary University London on a project entitled "Investigating the molecular mechanisms of FOXM1 and DNA repair in drug resistance"

Dr Martin commented that "The Biochemical Society summer vacation studentship was fundamental to enable Rachel to come to my lab. It provides an essential opportunity to our future scientists to experience lab research on a day to day level." Rachel added that "the placement provided me with invaluable experience which has prepared me well for my third year research project on my degree course. I definitely recommend people to take up a summer placement!"

Professor Robert Eisenthal, formerly of the Biology and Biochemistry Department at Bath University, was a long standing and active member of the Biochemical Society. He was a huge supporter of furthering the practical experiences available to undergraduate scientists. He spent a great deal of thought and effort awarding grants as a member of the Society's Summer Vacation Studentship Review Panel. Robert's algorithm to rank all applicants ensured the fairness and transparency of decision making by the Review Panel and many students will have unwittingly benefited from Robert Eisenthal's involvement with the educational output of the Biochemical Society.