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25 June 2014
Dr Haley Gomez from the School of Physics and Astronomy has won the Inspire Wales Award for Science and Technology in recognition of her contribution to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related activities.
Haley was one of 12 winners at the annual awards ceremony which sees inspirational individuals from across Wales recognised for the contribution they make to society.
Reacting to the award Haley said: "I was extremely shocked when they announced my name especially given the inspirational people nominated that evening, so it was a real honour to be chosen by the judging panel for the science and technology category.
"This award recognises the support I have had from the School of Physics and Astronomy to go out into the community alongside the more traditional academic role of a scientist.
"The award also belongs to the University and to the people who have helped run these programmes including Edward Gomez, Chris North and Sarah Eve Roberts who are crucial to the success of the engagement projects recognised with this honour."
Haley began her academic career as an Astrophysics undergraduate at Cardiff University 17 years ago, where she relished the chance to study subjects she had dreamed about as a young child, such as the physics of black holes and the Big Bang.
Professor Karen Holford, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering said: "To see Haley’s work recognised in this way is absolutely brilliant. Her passion and enthusiasm shines through, both in her work to enhance the student experience as well as the engagement activity that she is driving forward.
"At a time when we need to be doing all we can to inspire future generations into science and technology, the commitment from excellent scientists like Haley is vitally important."
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