Four years ago, the first Thermo Fisher Scholars began their studies at Imperial: bright students in engineering and natural sciences who had been chosen for this prestigious award. As she graduates, Haydn Orme (Earth Science and Engineering) reflects on the opportunities her scholarship offered her.

Hadyn Orme“There’s a real family feel at Imperial. In the undergrad room, people from different year groups were always mingling, sharing experiences and helping each other out. Thanks to my scholarship, I could take up a lot of opportunities I could not otherwise afford, such as attending the British Science Festival and going on a sailing voyage with the Jubilee Trust, where I joined a crew of disabled and able-bodied people working together to sail a tall ship from London to Southampton via France.

My scholarship also supported me in doing a summer research project in my second year, which led into my final year MSci dissertation. I was studying how faults and fractures grow in the sediment build-ups that occur when one tectonic plate moves under another. We found that they have different growth evolutions, so I focused my project on working out why that was so. I presented my findings at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco – the biggest geology conference in the world. It all came together so nicely, and it was my scholarship that gave me the security to give it a try in the first instance.

The ongoing support from Thermo Fisher Scientific enabled me to enjoy all aspects of university life, without worrying about money. I want to say thank you very much to Thermo Fisher Scientific for supporting me and my peers. We now have a whole world ahead of us.”

Since 2013, Thermo Fisher Scientific has generously supported 40 students in the Faculties of Engineering and Natural Sciences.