TALENTED New Forest teenager Ingrid Jiang is one of a select few chosen for a prestigious summer school at Cambridge University.

The Arnewood School sixth former will be testing her brain power in the university’s Physics Challenge Summer School.

Ingrid, 17, was selected from a record number of applicants who took part in the university’s Senior Physics Challenge.

During the challenge she had to undergo a gruelling selection process based on a demanding series of mathematics and physics questions.

Ingrid is no stranger to Oxbridge, having taken part in a maths course at Oxford university last year.

She said: “I am very excited about spending part of the summer in Cambridge – I really enjoyed my time at Balliol College last year working on my mathematics.

“At this stage I still haven’t decided to specialise in science or maths when I go to university as I love both subjects equally – so it will be interesting to compare both my experiences at Oxford and Cambridge.”

Based at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, Ingrid will take part in five days of physics and research lectures, practical laboratory classes and challenges.

She will be accommodated as a guest of a Cambridge college and will receive intensive tuition to develop problem-solving and experimental skills.

The aim of the summer school is to introduce talented students to the study of quantum physics and to help them to understand what it is like to live and study at Cambridge.

Ingrid’s science teacher Dr Heidi Shaw, said: “Ingrid is an all-rounder with a fascination for chemistry, physics, biology and higher mathematics as well as being a very accomplished artist.

“We are not at all surprised she has been selected for the Cambridge summer school despite the strong competition nationally. She is very bright and intuitively creative – look out for Ingrid’s name in the future.”

Ingrid is currently studying A-levels in physics, mathematics, further mathematics, chemistry and biology at The Arnewood School, New Milton.