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Top prize rewards Southampton MChem student’s knowledge of the chemical industry

Published: 8 September 2015
Stephanie Chapman

Masters of Chemistry graduate Stephanie Chapman has been named as one of the UK’s best young chemists. She has won a prestigious Salters’ Prize worth £1,000 from The Salters’ Institute for her knowledge of today’s chemical industry and its future challenges.

As part of her studies, she undertook a placement at the UK Catalysis hub at Harwell, part of a wider science innovation campus and seized her opportunity to use its world-class facilities to further her interest in catalysis alongside leading researchers. Stephanie is staying on at Southampton to complete a PhD in catalysis in Dr Robert Raja’s laboratory.

“I was delighted to win the award at the end of my degree. I have enjoyed my chemistry degree at Southampton in a friendly community environment with very supportive lecturers.”

She is the third young woman Southampton chemist to win a Salters’ Prize in recent years. Stephanie Newland impressed the judges in 2012 and Emma Stuart won an award in 2011.

The Salters’ Institute was founded in 1918 when it established annual research fellowships. It now encourages young people to take up careers in teaching and industry.

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