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The University of Southampton

National prize funds a summer of research for a Chemistry undergraduate

Published: 11 June 2013

Southampton second year Chemistry student Stephanie Chapman is one of only 35 in the UK to be awarded a Nuffield Undergraduate Research Bursary from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

She will be spending eight weeks of her summer holidays in Dr Robert Raja’s laboratory working with postgraduate researchers on a project to examine ways of improving the efficiency of nylon manufacturing. The bursary will help with her living costs in Southampton during the vacation.

“I have enjoyed working in the teaching laboratories but this is a great opportunity to take part in advanced research with PhD students,” says Stephanie.

“I am considering a career in research after graduating and feel this will give me an insight into what’s it’s really like to work in the laboratory.”

The MChem student, who comes from Oxford, decided she wanted to specialise in chemistry while working for her A levels. “I had always loved all the sciences and maths and now understand how they are linked together,” she says.

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