Brazilian Science without Borders PhD alumna returns as award winner
Former PhD Dentisty student Carla Román visits the University of Birmingham to celebrate winning Science without Borders Challenge Award 2016.
Dr Carla Román visited the University of Birmingham on Tuesday, 15th of March after recently winning the Science without Borders Challenge Award 2016. The award, which was organised by the Science without Borders Alumni Team in Brazil and which required applicants to create a short video highlighting their experiences and the benefits of studying in the UK, was open to all PG students who had spent time studying in the UK through the Science without Borders Brazilian government funding programme.
Carla, pictured above with one of her co-supervisors from Birmingham, Dr Rachel Sammons, obtained her PhD in Dentistry from Universidade de São Paulo (USP) after spending a whole year (2013) at the University of Birmingham. She specialised in Oral Rehabilitation, with an emphasis on Prosthodontics and Dental Materials. Besides publishing several articles on her research topic (one of which has received an award at Birmingham’s Faculty of Dentistry Research Showcase), she is now working on a patent for a dental cement.
During her visit to the University of Birmingham, where she was accompanied by Cíntia Gonçalves, Science without Borders UK Alumni Coordinator, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office São Paulo, and Luiza Miranda Negri, Science without Borders UK Undergraduate Ambassador, Carla had the opportunity to meet with colleagues from International Relations, Recruitment, Alumni, Careers, as well as her academic contacts at the University of Birmingham. In addition to this, Carla also met with current Brazilian students on campus, giving them a personal insight into the benefits of studying at the University of Birmingham, and the opportunities that her experience has helped to open up. During a seminar session organised with these students, Carla said:
‘I had the time of my life studying at the University of Birmingham. This experience helped me to expand my professional and global horizons. My professors were great to me, so helpful and patient and I learnt so much from them! Now that I´m back in Brazil I can say that this experience was not only beneficial for me, but for the people and students I am working with now. I was able to bring with me all the knowledge and experiences back to my country. I will always be grateful and proud to be part of the University of Birmingham.’