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International award for PhD student

Published: 21 May 2013 Origin:  Social Statistics and Demography
Federico De Luca accepting prize

A Social Statistics and Demography student is celebrating after winning a top international award for his research.

A Social Statistics and Demography student is celebrating after winning a top international award for his research.

PhD student Federico De Luca was named by the Association of British Turkish Academics (ABTA) as the winner of the Management and Social Sciences category of their 2013 Doctoral Researcher Awards.

He was invited to a special awards ceremony in London to present his PhD research into measuring people’s knowledge and using this measure to define policies, with application to health care professionals’ knowledge of the risk factors associated with sudden infant death syndrome. He receives £400 and a tablet PC.

Federico said: "It has been a real boost to my self-confidence to be selected for this award. It is great to see that others appreciate what I am doing and that my research is going in the right direction. I was especially proud of my achievements because I was up against other finalists from universities such as Oxford and Cambridge who have already had paper published in Science and Nature. Getting first place was the icing on the cake."

Federico is also a member of the European PhD Programme in Socio-economic and Statistical Studies and has spent some of his PhD studies at the University of Barcelona.

Dr Andrew Hinde, Head of Division of Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton, said: "This is a great achievement for Federico. It is great to see his hard work and the excellence of our PhD programme receiving such recognition."

ABTA is the leading professional association for scholars in the UK and in Turkey dedicated to creating academic partnerships and bridges between two countries.

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