Imperial College London

Student scoops prestigious Salters' Institute Graduate Award


Omolegho Udugbezi

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Earlier this month, Omolegho Udugbezi was awarded a Salters' Institute Graduate Award at a prestigious annual ceremony.

Held at Salters’ Hall in central London, the awards were presented by The Rt Hon The Lord Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation and Honorary Freeman of the Salters’ Company. Around 180 guests attended the Awards Ceremony and lunch reception.

Omolegho, who graduated from Imperial this year with a first-class degree, was nominated by her tutors in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

The award will serve as reminder that wherever my career takes me, I am a Chemical Engineer before all else!

– Omolegho Udugbezi

Up to ten Salters’ Graduate Awards of £1,000 are made to final-year undergraduates studying chemistry or chemical engineering at a UK university on an annual basis. Awards are given to candidates who show the potential to occupy leading positions in public life, and who demonstrate an understanding of the chemical industry and its future challenges.

Upon receiving her award, Omolegho said: “I am highly honoured to receive this award, as it is an opportunity for me to represent the Imperial College Chemical Engineering Department on a national stage.”

“Furthermore, as a former STEM mentor, I hope that by winning this award I will inspire my mentees and demonstrate the success a chemical engineering degree can lead to.”

“Finally, the award will serve as reminder that wherever my career takes me, I am a Chemical Engineer before all else!”

“I am grateful to Dr Kogelbauer for nominating me, and Dr Rongjun Chen and Dr Chris Tighe for supporting me during the application process. I would also like to thank Clementine Chambon and Hannah Moran, previous recipients of the award, who took time out of their busy schedules to help me prepare for the interviews.”

“Lastly, my parents deserve a mention for their unwavering belief in me and for teaching me that I can achieve anything I set my mind to!”

Find out more about undergraduate study in the Department of Chemical Engineering

Find out more about how to nominate a candidate for a Salters’ Graduate Award


Genevieve Timmins

Genevieve Timmins
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