Category: Group Member Updates

Aisha Picks Up BFWG Scholarship

Second-year PhD student Aisha Bismillah has been selected for a Scholarship by the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG). After submitting a research proposal and attending an interview in London in early July, she has been awarded the Marjorie Shaw

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Ketaki Joins for the Summer

The group has recently welcomed Ketaki Samanta, a visiting PhD student from the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata. Ketaki will be a part of the group for four months with the support of a Newton–Bhaba Fellowship. In Durham, she

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3MT Win for Aisha

Aisha took part in the Durham University heats for the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. She made it through to the university final, having won first place in the Faculty of Science round. Congratulations, Aisha! The 3MT is an international competition

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Andrew, Mary, and Edward Get Started

October marked the beginning of the new academic year and brought three new members to the McGonigal group. Andrew Turley (MChem, Newcastle University 2016) began his PhD at the same time as Durham undergraduates Mary Gibbins and Edward Mitchell officially started their final-year

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Brette Arrives from Across the Pond

Brette Chapin joined the McGonigal Group at the start of September, having recently completed her PhD at UT Austin. During her PhD in the Anslyn Group, Brette investigated the fluorescent response of boronic acid hosts to saccharide binding. In Durham, she’ll use her

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Gemma Sends Herself to Coventry

MChem student Gemma Parker has graduated from the McGonigal Group and Durham University. After a well-earned break over the summer, she will move to the University of Warwick, Coventry, to study for a PhD in the Chaplin Group, where she

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Aisha Wins Again

Aisha picked up her second poster award in a month, winning the second-place prize at the RSC’s 2016 North West Organic Division Regional Meeting at the University of Central Lancashire. The conference gave Aisha the opportunity to return to her alma mater for the first time

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First-Place Finish for Aisha

Aisha has been awarded the a prize for the Best Faculty of Science Poster at the Durham University Reserachers’ Poster Competition. The goal of annual university-wide competition is to effectively communicate research to members of the public and to fellow students from

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Poster Prize for Jiří

On April 6, the McGonigal Group made the short trip north to Newcastle to attend the RSC’s Organic Division North East Regional Meeting 2016. Jiří’s poster ‘Cycloheptatrienes – a New Class of Luminogenic Materials’ was awarded a Poster Prize, sponsored by AstraZeneca. Congratulations Jiří! As

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Jiri Joins the Team

Jiří Šturala joined the group this week as our first Postdoctoral Researcher, supported by a prestigious Experientia Foundation Fellowship. During his PhD at UCT Prague, Jiří investigated heteroarenium salts, Tröger’s base analogues, and graphite oxide reduction. In Durham, he’ll use his synthetic organic and computational chemistry skills to

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