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Chemistry attracts talented international student

28 Hydref 2011

Mesele web(left to right) Mesele Oluwaseun, Professor Peter Knowles, Professor Barry Carpenter, Director of the Physical Organic Chemistry Centre.

Mesele Oluwaseun is the winner of the University’s Commonwealth Scholarship, joining the School of Chemistry after beating off competition from across all academic disciplines.

Mesele, from Kogo, Nigeria, won the Scholarship after completing an essay explaining how the award would help his academic career and his home country. He won ahead of tough competition, with more than 60 applicants taking part at the essay stage.

Mesele, a graduate in industrial chemistry from the University of Lagos, has now started an M.Sc. in Physical Organic Chemistry at the School. The Scholarship will pay his fees and provide him with a stipend to allow him to concentrate on his course that will culminate in a project in computational chemistry – applying mathematical principles to understanding chemical behaviour.

He said: "I felt that international experience would help in developing my own career as an academic and a researcher, and also help with enhancing the chemical industry in my country. I knew Cardiff was offering just the one Commonwealth Scholarship, but I really wanted to come to this School and I had a feeling I was going to get it. I’ve just started work with the rest of the group and I’m finding it very interesting – and different."

Mesele had an excellent academic record at Lagos, and the School of Chemistry is delighted to have him with them. Head of School, Professor Peter Knowles said: "We are delighted to welcome Mesele to Cardiff. He is part of a highly talented group of students from around the world who we are bringing here to our M.Sc and Ph.D programmes. He will be taking part in a unique course in which students integrate a wide range of experimental, theoretical and computational methods to address key chemical challenges. We very much look forward to seeing what he comes up with."

Cardiff University and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission work closely together to provide a range of opportunities for students from Commonwealth countries, at postgraduate level. If you would be interested in following in Mesele's footsteps, and applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship, please view the Commission's webpages to find the most appropriate scholarship for you ( , visit your local British Council offices for additional scholarship information, or contact the international office on for more information.