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Issue 483, 5 June 2002

Technician to fellow

A 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.

She 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.

"My story proves that you don't have to follow  traditional routes to get into research," said Karen Abis.

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