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Creativitity wins first year chemist an insight into industry

Published: 13 March 2013

A first year Chemistry student has beaten undergraduates from around the country to win a top prize from global chemistry company AkzoNobel.

First year Chemistry student
Alex Craise

"As I was only a first year I knew that I wouldn't be able to hold a candle to some of the more advanced essays predicting what would actually happen," he explains. "So I decided to take it from a different route and talk about how the future offered the possibility of fulfilling dreams even if in my case they were quite childish; wanting to be Buzz Lightyear!"


He won two days of work experience in AkzoNobel's Decorative Paints division in Slough, then a further three days in its Marine and Protective Coatings business in Felling, with the expenses of the journey and hotel met by the company.

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