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Students graduate thanks to support from Leeds alumni

 July 19, 2013 | Simon Jenkins

More than one hundred students have graduated from the University this summer thanks to support from alumni donors.

All our scholars display great drive and determination and scholar Max Desservettaz shows what can be achieved through the support of scholarships.

Max graduated with a 1st Class MChem degree after winning a Leeds for Life Foundation award enabling him to do a month’s volunteering in Peru. While studying for his degree, Max was awarded a Cheney Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship enabling him to work directly with leading academics on research projects each summer. He also won the Peter and Barbara Gray Prize for “Most outstanding contribution to the School of Chemistry for extracurricular work”. He will be starting a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Wollongong in Sydney in the autumn.

On his graduation day Max said: “Having the opportunity to take part in high standard research, using state-of-the-art facilities here at Leeds, has enhanced my skills and knowledge in chemistry and helped me to choose where to go in terms of Masters and PhD projects.

“I want to thank my donors for the contribution they have made to my student life here at Leeds and also, to my career and life to come. The experiences and education I have had here will surely stay with me from now on and flourish to become something even greater.”

Students graduate thanks to support from Leeds alumni