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Emma

Emma

I knew I wanted to stay in asymmetric catalysis but try something slightly different....

My undergraduate degree was an integrated Master’s in Chemistry at the University of Liverpool, investigating transition metal catalysis in my final year project. I knew I wanted to stay in asymmetric catalysis but try something slightly different, and the Leeper group was the perfect opportunity with relevant expertise in the area.  I've just finished my first year researching asymmetric organocatalysis in the Leeper Group.  Having undertaken a year’s research in industry, I would like to return to this after my PhD, and a lot of chemical companies only consider those who have completed PhDs. 

Cambridge is the bioscience hub of the UK, with connections both locally and globally. Many large companies are attracted to the Science Park, and the University of Cambridge has partnerships with many of these companies. These include CASE studentships and sponsored workshops, which are great for personal development, but also provide a platform to communicate with future employers. 

The opportunities in both the Department and the University of Cambridge are endless; from conferences and seminars to training courses and even teaching. PhDs aren’t all about work though – college life is one of the most attractive things about coming to Cambridge. There are so many clubs and interest groups to join, and events running all throughout the calendar year for graduates. I’ve managed to start rowing as a sport alongside my PhD, which is a great chance to socialise with people from different subject areas in your college. I’m also involved in my college committee, allowing me to run lots of events and constantly meet new people. 

Cambridge is a great place to study and you’ll never be bored. Coming from a big city, Cambridge made me feel very welcome. With lots of local independent restaurants, museums, parks, a large shopping culture, and more pubs than you could ever possibly visit, it’ll be hard to leave!