One of the top performing students in her year, Luhtu Murphy has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Ede & Ravenscroft Women into Science Prize for her exceptional academic performance. This £1000 prize rewards female students for their outstanding academic achievement in science subjects in which they have been traditionally underrepresented. The prizes are awarded by Ede & Ravenscroft, who supply robes for Lancaster University students during graduation.
“I feel happy and proud of myself winning the Ede & Ravenscroft award,” Luhtu tells us. “It’s helped show how hard work can pay off, quite literally, so has motivated me more for next year. The prize money will definitely be helpful next year as its similar to an entire term’s living costs.”
Challenges and aspirations
Within her Physics degree, Luhtu enjoys the challenge of finding solutions to the complex problems that form the basis of her subject. “The best thing about my degree programme would be how it challenges you, either through problems or understanding concepts,” she says. “It’s a very satisfying feeling to finally work one of these out, and you get to do this regularly throughout the degree.” Luhtu has also found many of her modules fascinating, and looks forward to delving into the subject in greater depth as she progresses with her studies. “In terms of modules I’ve most enjoyed the PHYS105 module on Quantum Physics. Although it was just an introduction into a more complicated topic, this introduction really interested me. I’m looking forward to learning more about this topic next year.”
When asked what convinced her to study at Lancaster University, Luhtu replied that its beautiful campus and friendly atmosphere, as well as the reputation of its Physics Department, were the main factors in her choosing to study here. “Lancaster attracted me mainly due to the friendly environment I sensed whilst on an Open Day, along with its pretty campus,” she says. “I also knew it was one of the best places to study my degree programme.
“As of yet I’m unsure on what career exactly I wish to pursue in the future,” she says. “However, I’m certain that I want to follow a career in, or around, science.”