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Sarah's science success.

Byline: Mike Morgan

Teesside's Sarah Graham is one of the best young scientists in Britain.

Oxford University student Sarah has just gained a first class honours degree and plans to study for her master's, helping to push back the boundaries of science even further.

The gifted Nunthorpe biochemist's Part 1 degree results have placed her in the top three in biochemistry at Oxford.

And her choice of study happened almost by accident, as Sarah discovered her favourite subject by flicking through university prospectuses.

Sarah, 21, attended Nunthorpe School and Prior Pursglove College, Guisborough, before going to Exeter College, Oxford to study biochemistry.

She gained 13 A*s in her GCSEs and five As in her A levels.

In her first year at Oxford, she was the top biochemistry student in the university and walked off with the Biochemistry Society Prize, as well as the Fitzgerald Prize and Waugh Scholarship.

Sarah's next step is to complete her master's, for which she will be researching 'Early events in the egg after fertilisation'.

Sarah has always been interested in science and said that she became interested in biochemistry after looking at university prospectuses.

She said: "It is really fascinating finding out how life works.

"Biochemistry is increasingly popular ( there's been a lot of coverage of topics like cloning and genetically modified crops.

"But there's much more to it than that. It underpins medicine."

Tony Simpson, Prior Pursglove's director of schools liaison, who guided Sarah through her application to Oxford, said: "Sarah is one of the most gifted students I have ever worked with.

"She is a credit to her school, college and family and I am sure she will continue to make great achievements throughout her career."
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2004
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