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Bristol students wins chemistry oscar

Press release issued: 26 September 2002

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Bristol students wins chemistry oscar

Bristol University student, Paula Tomlin, beat off stiff competition to win this year's Science, Engineering & Technology (SET) Award for Britain's Best Chemistry Student.

She received the award at a dinner in London's Guildhall attended by more than 500 people, including many of the UK's leading industrialists, engineers, scientists, teachers and legislators. The SET Awards are the country's most important awards for science and engineering undergraduates.

Bristol engineering students, Robert Gout and James O'Brien, were runners-up in the SET Institution of Civil Engineers Award for the Best Civil Engineering Student.

Each student was initially assessed on the basis of a written project report and a citation from their supervisor. Finalists then went to London for a face-to-face interview with the judges.

With the support of 14 of Britain's leading institutions and many major employers, the SET Awards have become the "Oscars" of British science education. Entries are received from outstanding students at all the leading universities.

Professor Guy Orpen, Head of Bristol University's School of Chemistry, said: 'The SET award recognises Bristol's top quality teaching in a world class research environment. It justly rewards Paula for her outstanding performance. I expect her to go on to become one of Britain's rising chemistry stars.'

Paula Tomlin works in the research group headed by Dr Guy Lloyd-Jones, Reader in Organic Chemistry in the Organic and Biological Section of the School of Chemistry. Dr Lloyd-Jones was Paula's supervisor for the SET Award. The research group investigates novel organic and organometallic structures and their application to organic synthesis.

Dr Lloyd-Jones holds the Royal Society of Chemistry Hickinbottom Fellowship 2000-2003 and is a co-director of the Bristol Centre for Organometallic Catalysis.

Paula Tomlin's written project report is entitled 'Monomeric palladium-allyl complex of the trost modular ligand'.

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Copyright: 2002 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Thursday, 26-Sep-2002 13:21:18 BST

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