Fellowship allows Bath student to embark on research career

One of our Engineering students has secured a Fellowship grant of up to $50k, aimed at supporting her ambition to become a future academic.

The Fellowship has been awarded through the Schlumberger Foundation, a nonprofit entity that supports science and technology education. The Foundation’s flagship programme, ‘Faculty for the Future’, was launched to award fellowships to women from developing economies.

Second year PhD student Lu Ma, from the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, has been recognised as a talented female engineer and the Fellowship award aims to assist her in pursuing high impact research after her studies. It also paves the way for future generations of female scientists and engineers by developing Lu as a positive role model.

Lu is originally from Shang Luo city in northwest China, and has been studying at Bath since 2009. She was one of the first students from the North China Electric Power University (NCEPU) to take part in an innovative 2+2 programme, which allowed undergraduates to do two years study in China followed by two years in Bath.

Speaking about the programme, Lu said: “I am very grateful that the Schlumberger Foundation provides an opportunity for me and my supervisor, Dr Soleimani, to establish research collaborations with international groups. I feel extremely fortunate to receive this prestigious award in this international competition, which will definitely help me to realise my ambitions in life.

“On top of my academic studies, I also work as a teaching assistant, laboratory demonstrator and a resident tutor, which help me pay my way and also provide valuable work experience.”

Professor Gary Hawley, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design, said: “Lu thoroughly deserves this Fellowship. It is also an excellent opportunity for our Faculty to establish a major research link with the NCEPU and we’re looking forward to exploring new areas of mutual interest in the near future.”

The Fellowship fund will free up some of Lu’s time allowing her to be entirely focused on her PhD research, and give her opportunities to promote advanced engineering, sciences and technology to others.

The Faculty for the Future program has become a powerful community, and since its inception by the Schlumberger Foundation in 2004 the program has awarded grants to 323 women from 63 countries.

The fellowship results for 2013-2014 can be found in www.facultyforthefuture.net.

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