Eugenia Beldarrain Gutierrez (Balliol 2018), a fourth-year engineering undergraduate, has been recognised as one of the top 10 students across Spain in the ‘Civil, Other Engineering & Technology’ category of the Nova 111 Student List. Eugenia lived in Spain until she finished school, and then moved to Oxford for her university studies. She is currently working on her final-year project, which is in the area of Machine Learning and is titled ‘Figure-Ground Analysis for Segmentation Methods’. She holds a Lubbock Scholarship at Balliol.
Nova is a by-invitation-only global talent network that connects the top 3% of talent. The Nova 111 Student List is an annual publication that selects the top 111 Spanish students aged 18–25 who show the highest potential across 11 different disciplines.
The selection process starts by receiving a nomination to apply. More than 1,600 candidates were nominated for the 2022 awards. The process consists of a number of different steps, including references from past mentors or bosses, and an interview. Then, a jury of recognised industry leaders and talent experts choose the 10 students who make it to the list for each category. The selected talents get access to perks and benefits designed to accelerate their development and impact on the world, including being invited to exclusive sessions with professionals in their discipline.
Eugenia said: ‘It is a great honour to have been recognised as a top talent in Spain. I would like to thank my personal tutor from Balliol, Brian Tang, as well as my third-year project supervisor Min Chen from the Engineering Department, for supporting me in my application to the Nova 111 Student List for 2022. I look forward to seeing what may come from this achievement.’