Bath student wins prestigious international science award

A student from the University of Bath has won a prestigious prize for the Best Chemistry Student at the European Science Engineering & Technology (SET) awards.

Lauren Hatcher, who recently graduated with a first-class honours degree in Natural Sciences, won the Leadership Forum Award for the Best Chemistry Student at the 2010 SET Awards dinner held on Friday 3 September at the London Hilton in Park Lane.

Lauren was awarded the trophy for her final-year research project, which investigated chemical compounds that are activated by UV light or heat, edging out other short-listed nominees from Oxford and Liverpool.

Lauren said: “I was very surprised but also honoured to receive the award and to be a part of the whole evening, which was a great showcase of the quality of science being produced by students all around the country."

The SET Awards are Europe’s most important awards for science, engineering and technology undergraduates. Lauren will be starting a PhD studentship in the Department of Chemistry this autumn.

Four students from the University were nominated finalists at this year's awards, which shortlist three students for each of the 16 categories.

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