Students from the School of Chemistry had a fantastic opportunity recently to enhance their employability skills and gain insights from staff from multi-national company Reckitt Benckiser. The workshop is part of the ‘Chemistry Concept to Consumer’ series of careers workshops run by Deborah Fowlis and Dr Phil Bailey.
We are pleased to announce that the School of Chemistry (with the support of Afton Chemical) is able to offer up to four fully-funded scholarships for third year, going into their fourth year, undergraduate students. The awards are intended to help students develop academically, make informed career choices and strengthen their career prospects. The scholarships cover eight week scholarship and lab expenses.
Four fully-funded Chemistry Undergraduate Vacation Internships sponsored by Afton Chemical were offered at the School of Chemistry for the duration of eight weeks over the Summer 2019.
The Internships were very competitive this year, we had a large number of applicants. The awards were offered via application followed by the interview process. Successful students completed individual projects of their choice in the following research groups:
Introducing the ceremony, Professor Michael Seery, Director of Teaching in the School, congratulated all winners and noted that the 2019/2020 ceremony was one of special celebration, as the School would be marking both the 100th year since the building of the Joseph Black Building as well as the first graduates of the Chemistry 2020 degree programmes.
Seven students from the School of Chemsitry recently received The Edinburgh Award (Leadership) for Chemistry Community Building. Undergraduate students who held the Edinburgh Award for Chemistry Outreach and Public Engagement and postgraduate taught and research students were eligible to take part.
This year the following students achieved the award:
Matthew Markham, an undergraduate student in the School of Chemistry, has achieved 2nd place in the UK in the International Quant Championship.
The International Quant Championship is a global, quantitative finance competition takes place on WorldQuant’s intuitive, web-based simulation platform, WebSim, an online environment where users can translate ideas for predicting the movement of financial markets. This year saw over 20,000 participant enter, representing 3,000 universities across 140 countries.
Congratulations to Katie Grant, who won the runner up prize representing the School of Chemistry at the @SCIupdate National Undergraduate Research Symposium which took place at Imperial College on the 28th of June. Her talk was titled "“A Mechanistic Study of the gem-Difluorocyclopropanation of Alkenes by TMSCF3“.
The ‘New Horizons in Chemistry and Materials Science’ workshop will be hosted at Nagoya University from July 1st-3rd 2019 and will be attended by around 30 academics, post-doctoral researchers, and PhD students from the University of Edinburgh, alongside delegates from Nagoya University and others from Kyoto and Tokyo Universities, as well as from the National Taiwan University.
Ella Ogilvy, an undergraduate student currently studying in the School of Chemistry, has been awarded a Carnegie Vacation Scholarship.