Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarship for Mercy Badu

Mercy Badu is in Manchester for 12 months under the commonwealth split-site scholarship programme to enable her access research laboratory facilities and good library resources to complete her PhD studies. Mercy is working at the Organic Materials and Innovation Center (OMIC), under the supervision of Professor Stephen Yeates and Peter Budd. Her study is looking at the utilization of naturally occurring biopolymers as innovative materials for the Ghanaian chemical industry. She is a PhD student from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi, Ghana.

Mercy has been awarded the prestigious L'Oréal-UNESCO Regional Fellowship for women in science, in Sub-Saharan Africa. The L'Oréal-UNESCO award is a competitive award given to a selected few women with potential to make great strides in the field of science. Not only is it anticipated that this award will increase her active involvement and contribution to science, but it will also enable her to positively impact social and economic progress in various ways, such as addressing a specific drug delivery issue and other public health issues. L’Oreal recognizes that women in science face a lot of challenges, with science still being heavily male-dominated sector. L’Oreal seeks therefore to assist by removing one of these hurdles, which is access to finance.

This award is a significant achievement for Mercy, like a dream come true, she will be able to acquire the requisite equipment; glassware and standard reagents, to enable her continue her research after her Commonwealth scholarship ends. This will be additionally supported by equipment donated from OMIC. After her return to Ghana, She hopes to maintain a strong collaboration with the University of Manchester in joint research projects. This will enable her contribute significantly to development of the Ghanaian chemical industry

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