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PhD student awarded prestigious fellowship

Chinonso_140x180Chinonso Igwesi-Chidobe, a PhD student from Nigeria in the Department of Physiotherapy, has been awarded the Schlumberger Faculty for the Future fellowship to support her PhD studies here at King’s College London.

Chinonso’s research aims to explore the experience of people living with chronic low back pain  (CLBP) in rural Nigeria, investigate the relationship between biopsychosocial factors  associated with CLBP and based on her results, to develop a self-management programme to address these factors.

The highly competitive Schlumberger Faculty for the Future fellowships are awarded to women who have excelled academically and who are potential role models for other women in science and engineering. The program's long-term goal is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing academic careers in scientific disciplines. Grant recipients are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers and inspire other young women to choose careers in science and engineering. Since its launch in 2004, 560 women scientists, engineers and technologists from 68 emerging countries have received such fellowships. Chinonso is the third recipient of the fellowship from King's.

Acknowledging her award, Chinonso commented 

'I am extremely delighted to have received this prestigious award from the Schlumberger foundation. It strengthens my resolve to continue in research targeted at reducing health inequality, increasing quality of life and influencing policy development. I am grateful to my parents, a civil Engineer and biochemist for stimulating my initial interest in Science. 

Many thanks to MindTorch international, a mentoring organisation for life science and medical students for making this award possible by notifying me about the fellowship whilst I was a mentee with their organisation; and for giving me the opportunity to be a mentor to other life science and medical students. 

I am totally indebted to Dr Emma Godfrey, Professor Sheila Kitchen and Professor Chika Onwasigwe for supporting me throughout the rigorous application and selection process.' 

Full details about the programme are available on the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future website.