LONDON, United Kingdom, 6th July 2016.- The Mexican student Juan Venancio Hernandez, doctorate in astrophysics at the University of Southampton, received last night the “Carlos Fuentes-Mex Soc” Award for being the most outstanding Mexican student in the United Kingdom in 2016.

The award, in its fourth annual edition, was granted to the holder of a CONACyT scholarship at the Official Residence of the Government of Mexico by the Minister David Najera, Charge d’ Affaires at the Embassy of Mexico, accompanied by the president of the Society of Mexican Students in the UK (Mex-Soc), Miguel Angel Nuñez.

The diplomat referred that every year the students that are recognised with the Carlos Fuentes Award are those who carry-on with the same values of study and critic thinking as the Mexican writer, who is author of more than 26 novels written in the UK, and who was always known for being close to the students community when he served as an academic in the University of Cambridge, where he was granted the Honoris Causa degree.

The attention to Mexican students took Fuentes to encourage their organisation during his stay in the UK, origin precisely of the Mex-Soc which currently groups 18 student associations which represents about 2,500 Mexican post-graduate students.

"The award is to recognise those who demonstrate excellence and development of a marked commitment to Mexico and its students," Najera highlighted.

Juan Venancio studies interactive binary systems at the University of Southampton, he previously studied a bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Astrophysics at UNAM. Upon receiving the award, he said he has recently initiated a joint research project with the University of Southampton and the Institute of Astronomy of UNAM, which aims to develop and build a new art camera, OptiCam, to be located in the National Astronomical Observatory in Mexico.

Furthermore, Luis Contreras received honourable mention at the event, who is currently studying a doctorate in Computer Science specialized in Robotics at the University of Bristol, focusing his work on intelligent maps to optimize robotic navigation. Contreras has collaborated with the Faculty of Engineering and the Institute for Research in Applied Mathematics and Systems at UNAM.