Finalists of the AstraZeneca STEM Student of the Year Awards 2016 announced

Nine students have been selected as finalists in the new AstraZeneca STEM Student of the Year Awards 2016. 

The awards, launched in 2015, recognise students from science, technology and engineering Career Ready programmes who have been transformed by their experience and who could inspire future students with their stories.

One winner will be selected from each theme – Science, Technology and Engineering – and the award will be given to students who have made the most progress towards a STEM career during their programme. 

Ian Nichol, National STEM Development Manager, said: “The AstraZeneca STEM award is a fantastic way to recognise students who have experienced a real transformation thanks to the Career Ready programme and to celebrate the potential future leaders of STEM industries.”

The finalists are:


  • Jade Thomas, Paddington Academy
  • Adnan Mahmood, St John Fisher Academy
  • Halimah Isbag, Luton Sixth Form College


  • Katherine Harrap, Cardiff and Vale College 
  • Maria Mehwish, Colchester Institute
  • Seena Desai, London Academy


  • Callum Christie, Peterhead Academy
  • Ansab Ahsan, Warwickshire College
  • Johenny King Puente, Lambeth College

Winners receive an all-expenses paid trip to Geneva to visit the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Runners up will receive an iPad and £150. 

Thanks to the support of AstraZeneca, Career Ready runs 59 STEM programmes in schools and colleges across the UK. There are currently more than 800 students studying STEM subjects and taking the Career Ready programme.