former technician has won a prestigious research fellowship
grant to carry out post-doctoral research. After joining
civil engineering in 1989 straight from school, Karen
Abis (left) studied on day release for an HNC in chemistry
at Leeds Polytechnic and then for a part-time Open
University degree in environmental science, funded
by the University.
gained first-class honours and left her technician’s
post to begin her PhD at Leeds. Her success with the
Leverhulme fellowship grant funds her for two years
further research, looking at the effectiveness of
waste stabilisation ponds for treating domestic sewage
in the UK climate.
story proves that you don't have to follow traditional
routes to get into research," said Karen Abis.