Chemistry student wins Microsoft Research Award

Therese Bergendahl accepting her award (image courtesy of Cyril Bruneau)

Therese Bergendahl, a Heriot-Watt chemistry student, has been awarded the Microsoft Research Award for the Best Computational Science Student.

Therese is part of the group of winners of the 2010 Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year, which have been announced at a ceremony in London's Hilton Hotel.

Record numbers of entries were received from every major university in Europe and judges paid tribute to the exceptional quality of this year's work. 45 students were shortlisted in fifteen different categories.

Therese, who was working under the supervision of Dr. Martin Paterson, conducted her project on a Computational Investigation of Two-Photon Absorption and investigated processes relevant to the photodynamic therapies for the treatment of cancer.

The SET Awards are organised by the Leadership Forum and sponsored by leading companies such as BP, Airbus, AstraZeneca, Kraft, Microsoft Research, among other firms.