The newspaper of Imperial College London
 Issue 148, 19 January 2005
Taking Imperial from strength to strength«
UK-Thai scientific collaboration boosted by new agreement«
Cirque du Soleil in the main entrance«
A nose job«
Frizzy hair today, gone tomorrow«
New microscope gives boost to UK nanotechnology«
Lord Sainsbury visits Imperial«
Imperial leads the way in surgical training and innovation«
New programme will train next generation of health leaders«
Tea off to good health«
Success halts trial«
The perfect Formula«
Spotlight on new R&D solutions«
Imperial students are best trainees«
Cash boost for Wye’s top new scholars«
In Brief«
Media mentions«
What’s on«

Imperial students are best trainees

Two Imperial students have been commended for their success in international placements.

The top ten trainees: Varun, second right in the front row, and Oliver, third from left, back row

Varun Sarda (BSc Environmental Management) and Oliver St John (MSci Chemistry) were among the top 10 finalists in the IAESTE UK (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) Trainee of the Year Awards.

Varun was awarded third place during the ceremony at the British Council and received a certificate and cheque for £250 from the chairman of the judging panel, Professor John King of Cardiff University. Twenty year-old Varun spent nine weeks as an IAESTE trainee in Tajikistan working with the French international development agency ACTED. Varun’s trip was made possible with a travel grant from the department of agricultural sciences. He gained useful experience in micro finance and reporting, saying afterwards: “I would recommend the IAESTE placement to anyone interested in having both a social and cultural exchange alongside gaining excellent work experience.”

Oliver, aged 20, spent six weeks working in the applied biology and chemical technology department of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Oliver studied a ruthenium-based catalyst during his placement and said that he had gained ‘a vast amount of valuable experience in organometallic chemistry, analytical chemistry and spectroscopic techniques’.

Both Varun and Oliver had to write an essay on their placement experiences and, at the ceremony in London, gave a five-minute presentation to other top trainees and IAESTE guests.

IAESTE was founded at Imperial College in 1948 and has, since then, exchanged in excess of 300,000 students in more than 80 countries worldwide. This year, IAESTE UK arranged 200 placements in the UK for trainees from 60 countries and sent 180 UK students, including Varun and Oliver, to 54 countries.

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