Physics students among top contenders for Undergraduate of the Year

This year's winners of the TargetJobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards were announced at a prizegiving event in Canary Wharf, London, on 24th April.

Group photo from TargetJobs undergraduate of the year awards 2015
The University's finalists and winners

Stephanie Baines, a third year Physics student, was a finalist in the Female Undergraduate of the Year category. In her application, Stephanie highlighted her passion for empowering women to pursue STEM careers, including her work as a STEM ambassador and her role in co-founding the University's Women in Sciences and Engineering Society. The award was sponsored by Rolls Royce, and she won a 10-week internship in their research department this summer.

Second-year Mathematics and Physics student Laura Sidhom was a contender for the Mathematics, Economics and Finance Award, sponsored by Gazprom Marketing & Trading. The students were selected for the finals after an application process and a two-day assessment in Derby.

Stephanie and Laura both placed in the top ten in their category - a very impressive achievement given that over 3500 students from over 130 universities applied for the twelve awards. In fact, Manchester made the strongest showing of any university, with ten finalists at the ceremony. Two of them took home the top prize in their group: maths student Aataullah Naser won the Future CFO of the Year Award, and chemical engineer Rahul Taneja won the Carbon Energy Undergraduate of the Year Prize.

Undergraduates can register for updates on the 2016 nominations.

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