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Hall Student wins SET Award

29 September 2006

Petra Vertes, a student at Trinity Hall, has won the Microsoft Research Award for the Best Computational Science Student at the 2006 SET (Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year) Awards.

Before attending Cambridge Petra was educated in Belgium. She graduated with First-Class honours earlier this year and is staying on at Trinity Hall to study for a PhD.

Petra’s winning project dealt with group structure in complex networks.

Her win was announced at a ceremony attended by more than 500 students, academics and business leaders in London’s Royal Courts of Justice. Entries were received from every major university in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and judges paid tribute to the exception quality of this year’s work. 45 students were shortlisted in fifteen different categories.

The SET Awards are organised by the World Leadership Forum and sponsored by Airbus, Amec, AstraZeneca, Bentley Motors, BOC Group, Cadbury Schweppes, Filtronic, ICI, GKN , GlaxoSmithKline, the Institution of Engineering & Technology, Lloyd's Register, Microsoft Research, Morgan Crucible and the National Physical Laboratory.

They are supported and judged by The British Computer Society, The British Pharmacological Society, The Institute of Biology, The Institute of Food Research, The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, The Institute of Physics, The Institution of Chemical Engineers, The Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Engineering & Technology,The Institution of Mathematics and its Applications, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, The London Mathematical Society and The Royal Aeronautical Society.

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