Award for mum turned student

Cherry Canovan, who has been awarded the Very Early Career Woman Physicist of the Year award at the Institute of Physics.
Cherry Canovan, who has been awarded the Very Early Career Woman Physicist of the Year award at the Institute of Physics.
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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.