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Bangladeshi Afrin to meet 40 Nobel laureates in Chemistry

A graduate of Cumilla University’s Department of Chemistry has got the opportunity to meet 40 Nobel laureates in her field from around the world.

Khandaker Afrina Haque, from Cumilla’s Chauddagram, was a student of just the third graduating batch of the department at CU, and is now doing an M.Phil at BUET.

She will travel to Germany to attend the 71st Nobel Laureates Reunion at Lindau, where she will have the opportunity to meet some 40 Chemistry laureates, when they gather in the German tourist town from June 26 – July 1 next year.

Afrina is one of just two Bangladeshis invited to join them by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Committee after various screenings under the auspices of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences.

“It’s like a dream, I never thought I would get such a huge opportunity,” the budding chemist gushed.

Afrina attained the highest GPAs – 3.89 at Bachelor’s and 3.92 at Master’s – recorded till now in the Chemistry Department of Cumilla University, and she was research-oriented from the very beginning.

She said, “From the very beginning, I was interested in studying and researching.”

She is currently pursuing research at BUET under Al Naqib Chowdhury, who advised her to apply for this event.

Afrina’s teachers are also happy with her success. Cumilla University Department of Chemistry’s Prof. Syedur Rahman said Afrina was talented and hardworking from the beginning.

“We are very proud. Such students are the assets of the department, the star of Cumilla University. We look forward to more of her success,” Prof. Syedur said.

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings focus on Nobel Prizes in Physiology, Medicine, Physics and Chemistry. Each meeting is organized consisting of various sessions, lectures, discussions, master classes, panel discussions and exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences of young researchers with Nobel laureates.

Source: United News of Bangladesh