Duygu Ozenc

Winner of the Passport for Science Pluri'Elles scholarship program and student at Sorbonne University

For me, this scholarship represents diversity and inclusiveness. It makes me proud to be a woman in science.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, Duygu Ozenc, a student at Sorbonne University studying for a double degree in chemistry and physics, is receiving financial support that will enable her devote herself entirely to her demanding studies. The Passport for Science Pluri'Elles scholarship is one of the scholarship programs offered by the Sorbonne University Foundation.

Tell us about your background and why you decided to study chemistry and physics.

I'm in my second year of a bachelor's with a double major in chemistry and physics. I've always been very interested in science, growing up with parents who always supported me and with excellent teachers who always encouraged me to do my best. I realized that chemistry and physics build the foundations of our lives. I love the way they represent newness, innovation and the way they help us to better understand the world around us. I have tried and will continue to take every opportunity to improve my knowledge because science is always developing; it has no limits.

Why did you choose this course at Sorbonne University?

I chose to study at Sorbonne University primarily because of the academic excellence it represents and the quality of the curriculum. It is undoubtedly one of the best universities in France and in the world, with a rich history and an excellent reputation. I was also enthusiastic about the idea of studying at Sorbonne University and following in the footsteps of Marie Curie, because she was a very important scientist in chemistry and physics and therefore a role model for women scientists.

What are your long-term aspirations and plans in this area?

After my bachelor's degree I'd like to continue my studies in France by doing a master's degree, which will enable me to become an expert in the nuclear field, where France plays a leading role. I'm confident that continuing my studies in France will provide me with the knowledge I need to become an expert in this field. Then I'd like to continue my career in Turkey, my home country, which is emerging in this sector.

What challenges might you face in this area?

Nuclear power is still undeveloped in Turkey. We don't yet produce nuclear energy and the general public still harbours misgivings. The fact that it's new in Turkey is difficult, but it's nonetheless very interesting! I'm driven by the idea of being able to contribute to its development and help my country in this respect. It's certainly a challenge, but I've always enjoyed a challenge. What's more, women are under-represented in this field. But we're changing that.

What does the Pluri'Elles Passport to Science grant mean to you?

This scholarship means a great deal to me. Thanks to this scholarship, I don't have to worry about money and I can concentrate one hundred per cent on my studies. Secondly, the scholarship represents diversity and inclusiveness for me. It makes me proud to be a woman in science, motivating me to enjoy my studies to the full, to take advantage of every opportunity and to help other women who want to study science. What's more, the fact that it's aimed not only at women but also at international students also makes me appreciate the diversity. It's great to be an international student, but of course there are certain challenges to overcome, and this generous support welcomes and recognizes international students. Finally, the scholarship is a powerful affirmation of my dedication and commitment to science. Your belief in my potential means a lot to me and I am truly honoured to be recognised in this way.

Do you have a personal achievement or satisfaction you would like to share?

My personal satisfaction comes from being accepted to study a double major. As an international student who left her country on her own for the first time, I had my concerns about a number of aspects--my university life or living alone in a foreign country and studying a difficult major, for example. At first, it was hard to acclimatize to a new cultural environment and to study in a different educational system, but as the year went by, I did my best and saw positive results. It gave me motivation and reinforced my choice of studies. Then, I was delighted to be accepted to do a double major. I was happy to see that I'd had a successful first year and that I'd also been recognised by the university. Being able to do a double major shows me the potential I have and makes me want to continue.

Do you have any message for the patrons and donors who are currently involved in funding the Passport scholarship programs, and more generally for any patrons or donors considering supporting the program?

First let me express my sincere gratitude for the honour of being selected for the Pluri'Elles scholarship; it is with immense joy and humility that I accept it. I am looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead and will make the most of this investment in my future. I understand the responsibility that comes with this award, and I assure you that I will continue to work hard and actively contribute to the Sorbonne University community. I look forward to making the most of this opportunity. Once again, thank you for your generosity, your belief in my potential and for making a significant impact on my educational journey. I am truly grateful for your support, and I am delighted to be embarking on this new chapter with the Foundation’s support. I would also like to say to future donors of this scholarship that it represents diversity, inclusivity, encouragement for women and motivation. It is a scholarship that undoubtedly helps female students in their university life, which is not only an honor for the student but also for the donor thanks to their generous help. In the future, I would also like to become a donor to help future students to dedicate themselves to what they love.

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