Dr Manmohan Singh Scholar 2015 announced
Arya Thampi has been awarded a Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarship for 2015, enabling her to pursue doctoral studies at St John’s College.
Arya Thampi, from Kerala, India, has won a Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarship, giving her the opportunity to study for her PhD in Physics at St John’s College from September.
The Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarship was set up in honour of the former Indian Prime Minister, a graduate and Honorary Fellow of St John’s who received a First in Economics in 1957. The Scholarship enables academically outstanding doctoral students from India to study for their PhD and MPhil degrees in subjects such as Science and Technology, Economics, and Social Sciences. The scholarships are fully funded and include academic fees, international airfare, a monthly stipend to cover living expenses, and a UK Visa. It is expected that the students will go on to become leading achievers within Indian society.
Arya, from Kochi, in the state of Kerala, will be the 20th Manmohan Singh Scholar at St John’s and will study for a PhD in Optoelectronics at St John’s under the supervision of Dr Akshay Rao. She will be researching how to improve the efficiency of solar cells by using ultrafast Spectroscopy to study “singlet exciton fission”; a cutting-edge means of harvesting energy in materials that are partly organic and partly inorganic.
Arya has completed her Master’s in Science at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Pune. She has worked on research projects in Nanotechnology, Materials Science, and Spectroscopy, and has already had work published in an international journals. Arya was a core committee member of MIMAMSA, the College level science quiz, and she helped to organise the science festival at IISER Pune. She is also an active environmentalist, a traditionally trained Carnatic vocalist, and has tutored underprivileged schoolchildren during her undergraduate years.
The University of Cambridge has close ties to India, with St John’s having particularly extensive links. As well as Dr Manmohan Singh, notable alumni include Nurul Huda, who practised in the High Court in Calcutta, statesman and diplomat Raghunath Paranjpye, Nagendra Singh, former President of the International Court of Justice, Vikram Sarabhai, Chairman of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission, and Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor of Economics at Columbia University.
Edited by Sakunthala, 27 June 2015 - 09:18 PM.