What have you enjoyed about your URSS project?
I greatly enjoyed working in a real research group with people who are experts in the field, who share a passion in doing what I aspire to do. Acquiring useful data, in whatever small measure, is also of great personal satisfaction as it feels like the beginnings of a pay-off for the years of hard work I have invested in furthering my education.
What have you found difficult?
The final putting together of the project has been more difficult than I expected it to be, as it feels hard to amalgamate all of the little experiences / objectives I covered during my 7 weeks into one cohesive piece. This is probably exacerbated due to the fact I went straight from finishing my URSS into my Industrial Placement!
How do you feel that completing a project has/can help you?
Completing a URSS project has helped me in my studies by aiding my focus towards my long term objectives and also helping to place some of the things I learn into a wider practical context.
Certainly, for me, completing the URSS project has reaffirmed my desire to pursue post-graduate study - I am sure now that I would get a lot out of it, despite the long hours!
I was lucky in that I was already sure I wanted to pursue a career in Chemistry, and further to that goal the URSS has given me a taste of what lies ahead down that path in the coming years and I relish the opportunity to take the challenge on.
How did you find out about the URSS scheme?
I found out through word of mouth, speaking to the professors in my department.
What are your 3 top tips for URSS students about to start work on their research projects?
Top 3 Tips to Future URSS Students:
1. Pick a research team you are confident you can work well in
2. Be ready to document, at least for your own benefit, what you are doing
3. Have a clear idea of what you want out of the project - the time goes quickly!
And a bonus tip - work hard! It's worth it.
What's next for you?
Continuing my Undergraduate Masters degree (currently on Industrial Placement) followed by post-graduate study. From there, I shall see where my chemical passions take me, but I am confident it will be in either academic or industrial research.
How would you sum up your URSS experience in one sentence?
Brilliant, do it.
Recommendations for the URSS
More of a platform/system to interact with other students on the URSS scheme. More interaction with mentors - I have not personally been contacted once by any one on the URSS team since starting the project - a little bit of guidance can go a long way sometimes!