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Christine Stokes

Name: Christine Stokes
Course: BSc (Hons) Physics

Scholar enjoys first class ticket to success

Years of hard work have paid off for Christine Stokes, who proved dyslexia is no barrier, as she celebrated a first-class degree in Physics.

She knew she was intelligent enough to follow her dream of going to university and studied hard to gain the grades needed. Christine completed a science foundation course at Preston College before going on to study for a Physics degree at UCLan. Once her dyslexia was diagnosed, Christine received help with her assignments, commenting: “Before it was diagnosed, I had to find ways of coping. I didn’t know what the problem was.”

In addition to taking two summer internships at UCLan’s Centre for Research Informed Teaching, Christine enhanced her knowledge across the globe. Thanks to travel grants from the University, she visited the USA twice to present her internship results at undergraduate research conferences and received the UCLan international bursary for a one month research project visit to the top Dutch university, Leiden.

She also co-authored a paper in Soft Matter, the highest impact factor journal in the field. It was published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Andrei Zvelindovsky, Professor in Computational and Theoretical Physics, said: “It was an exceptional success for Christine as it is very rare for any undergraduates, even one from Oxford or Cambridge, to get a paper printed in a top journal whilst still in a study.”