Ipshita Mandal

Class of: 2006
School: Mt Roskill Grammar School
Scholarship Partner: Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Former Mt Roskill Grammar School student Ipshita has certainly come a long way since becoming a First Foundation Scholar in 2006. Ipshita possesses a superb intellect and graduated from Auckland University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Technology majoring in Biotechnology.

In 2011 Ipshita was nominated and selected by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at University of Cambridge to receive an EPSRC International Doctoral Scholarship. This scholarship will pay her fees and living expenses while studying for a PhD in Bioscience Engineering at the university. She subsequently applied for and won a Prince of Wales Cambridge Scholarship through the New Zealand Vice Chancellor's Committee which will cover the difference between home and international fees.

Ipshita acknowledges the support of her Scholarship Partner Douglas Pharmaceuticals and the First Foundation family as being pivotal in her journey to Cambridge. She says "I will always remember what First Foundation has given to me, and cannot wait to develop myself into an individual able to contribute back to this ecosystem and the NZ economy."

Doing well in Cambridge, Ipshita's latest accomplishment is becoming co-Founder and President of Global Biotech Revolution C.I.C.