A LANCASTER PhD student has been awarded the Very Early Career Woman Physicist of the Year award at the Institute of Physics.
Cherry Canovan, a former journalist for the Times Educational Supplement and now a member of the Mathematical Physics Group at Lancaster University, is in the third year of her part-time PhD creating new mathematical models for optically dispersive materials, such as metamaterials.
The award, sponsored by Shell, is a celebration of the achievements of female physicists at a very early stage in their physics careers, which involved presentations from the selection of shortlisted candidates before Cherry received her £1,000 prize.
The 39-year-old took an unusual route into science, having had a successful career in journalism before embarking on an undergraduate physics degree just after the birth of her first child.
See the Lancaster Guardian (26-05-11) for full story.