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Love of nature inspires Malaysian student to study in Wales

A prize-winning student graduated from Bangor University this week.


Not only did Yi-Wen Lim, 21, from Luxembourg graduate with a BSc Biology degree, she was also awarded the Pen y Ffridd prize of £100 which is awarded annually to the best final year student in botanical studies.


Very pleased to have graduated, Yi-Wen said: “It still feels quite surreal to have graduated as the last three years have passed by really quickly.


“It feels amazing to have my work recognised as I have put a lot of time and effort into my studies and I’m really grateful and honoured to receive this prize.


“I grew up in Kuala Lumpur until I was 13, and then my family moved to Luxembourg. I chose to study at Bangor University primarily because of its scenic location between Snowdonia and the sea. This was perfect for me as I wanted to live somewhere small.


“During my studies I was lucky enough to secure and internship at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh, which was an amazing experience. I also did quite a lot of voluntary work such as beach cleaning and helping out at Treborth, the University’s botanic gardens.


“I was a member of the University’s Horticultural Organic Garden Society and became its Publicity Officer during my second year and then became treasurer in my third year.”


Yi-Wen will start a PhD at the University of Bath in September where she will be working on Cassava in the field of crop improvement and potential for biofuel.

Publication date: 15 July 2014

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