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12 August 2021

Department's top-performing undergraduate student receives 2021 Kingstone Sumner Prize

International Development undergraduate student, Aswin (Gian) Chansrichawla has been honoured as the 2021 most-outstanding student with the Kingstone Summer Prize.

University graduates holding awards

The annual Kingstone Sumner Prize recognises the hard work and academic achievement of a student studying the International Development BA.

Professor Alfredo Saad-Filho, Head of the Department of International Development, said: “I am absolutely delighted to present Gian with the 2021 Kingstone-Sumner Prize. He has excelled in every year of his programme of study and has given an example of dedication to academic work which truly represents our department in the best possible light."

Gian has been extraordinarily successful at DID, and he will go from strength to strength in the next stages of his career. Well done, Gian, and many congratulations!

Professor Alfredo Saad-Filho, Head of the Department of International Development
Aswin (Gian) Chansrichawla
Aswin (Gian) Chansrichawla

Gian said: “Thank you very much for the award! Honestly, I was very lucky to be in a stable environment during the COVID-19 pandemic and I owe a lot of this to my family for providing that support for me.”

A third year student studying a International Development BA, Gian is researching 'Early Developmental States? Evaluating the institutional and economic performance of Siam and Japan from 1868-1910' for his dissertation.