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Katarzyna Kowal

Katarzyna, originally from Gdansk in Poland, was attracted to studying in Cambridge by the really strong Maths programme. 

Katarzyna first completed a BA in Maths and then did a fourth year Masters. Currently she is in her 3rd year of a PhD project looking at the dynamics of ice sheets and in particular the principles that can help us to model ice-sheets. She has been inspired by the opportunities open to her. 

"If you choose the right courses you can start applying maths to real world problems."

Katarzyna’s PhD is funded by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) but she also received £1,000 of funding from Churchill which enabled her to visit Yale University for a month. Without the funding she simply wouldn’t have been able to go. The visit provided an invaluable opportunity to engage with other geo-physicists and to interact with her supervisor who is currently there on sabbatical. Katarzyna also points to the opportunities for interaction back here in collegiate Cambridge.

More specifically she has greatly valued Churchill’s particular culture.

'I have always had a feeling that Churchill is more open and you have a better chance to communicate with Fellows than in other Colleges and I have really appreciated that…..You can contact Fellows and engage with a large body of scientists. It’s a very friendly College.' 

Beyond her PhD Katarzyna hopes to further pursue her passion for maths by remaining in academia.

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