Young astrophysicist wins Asian Women Award

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A University of Portsmouth astrophysicist has been highly commended at a prestigious award ceremony.

Judges at the Asian Women of Achievement Award ceremony, held last week, praised Dr Jen Gupta for her drive to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Dr Gupta, of the university’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG), was nominated for the Young Achiever award, which recognises the talents of rising stars in the UK across all sectors.

She was one of only two nominees in her category to be highly commended.

Since joining the ICG in 2012, Dr Gupta has revolutionised its schools outreach programme and has personally delivered talks and workshops to more than 10,000 people in Portsmouth and 
beyond.

Dr Gupta has also performed astronomy-themed stand-up comedy in front of hundreds of people and organised numerous stargazing events for members of the public.

She said: ‘I was thrilled to attend the awards ceremony and meet such a variety of inspiring and talented women.

‘I was delighted to be shortlisted for this award, and it was a great honour to be highly commended.

‘As a young Asian woman working in physics, I’m often in a minority and it was great to be in a room full of women who understand that a person’s background isn’t a barrier to achievement.’