A PhD student has been honoured with a prestigious medal at the Houses of Parliament for groundbreaking research into drug synthesis.
Ryan Gorman, 25, from Woodkirk, who attends the University of York, took home £1,000 and a bronze medal at the SET for Britain awards, which celebrate the work of young scientists who have offered new and groundbreaking ideas on medicine research.
I was gobsmacked to get the award. It was a real shock because there we so many great and experienced science people there, so I was elated when my name was called out.Ryan Gorman
Final year chemistry student Ryan had to deliver a presentation about making drug synthesis more affordable by using copper catalysis to a group of MPs.
Fighting off competition from around 30 entrants across the country, Ryan celebrated his achievement by indulging in a McDonalds cheeseburger on his return trip north, joking that he “had to make the most of his student card while I still can.” On his achievement, Ryan said: “I was gobsmacked to get the award. It was a real shock because there we so many great and experienced science people there, so I was elated when my name was called out for the prize. I’ve always liked science and particularly chemistry since I was a kid, partly because I love the way it shows you how the world and real life works. Most people think it’s about setting fire to things and playing with liquid nitrogen but sadly it’s not like that most of the time.”
And the £1,000 cheque will come in particularly handy to Ryan now, as he marries his fiance Lucy at the end of March. Ryan added he “couldn’t wait for the big day.”