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Newton Fund PhD Placement Award

Claudia Garcia-Guzman, from Professor Mark Bradley's group, has been awarded a Newton Fund PhD Placement Award. The award will allow Claudia to spend time studying with Dr Kaustabh Kumar Maiti in Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Dr Maiti is an international expert in the application of SERS nanotags for cancer diagnostics. Claudia will work on the development of optical probes for lung cancer detection during her placement.

New MSc: Your Feedback Wanted

The School of Chemistry is considering launching a new postgraduate opportunity in the area of Computational Chemistry and Modelling. This would be an on-line programme aimed at students with any relevant Chemistry background keen to acquire in depth knowledge on Computational Chemistry and Modelling.

3 Minute Thesis

Congratulations to Melissa Ladyman who has been selected as one of the three PhD students to represent the College in the University final of the 3-Minute Thesis competition.

The 3 Minute Thesis competition is an opportunity for PhD students at the University of Edinburgh to gain experience in public engagement by communicating their research to an intelligent lay audience???around the world.

Good luck to Melissa in the University final which is on 24 July! The winner will represent the University in the international Universitas 21 competition.

Sir William Darling Memorial Prize

Sarah Thomas has been awarded this year's Sir William Darling Memorial Prize.

This is awarded to a student at the University of Edinburgh who by example, scholarship or pre-eminence in sport has done most to advance or enhance the reputation of the University.

The prize was awarded for Sarah's work in engaging the local community with real research taking place in the School of Chemistry.

The prize will be awarded at the Freshers Welcoming ceremony on 12th September at the McEwan Hall.

Best Presentation Award

Nicholle Bell (University of Edinburgh) and Matthew Renshaw (Cambridge University) have been jointly awarded best presentation prize at this year's Royal Society of Chemistry NMR Discussion Group postgraduate meeting held in the School of Chemistry on June 20.

They will now each present their work at the December 2013 NMR DG meeting in London.