Postgraduate profile: Jessica Hall
What do you particularly enjoy about postgraduate study in the Chemical Synthesis CDT?
I really enjoyed the different elements of PACT, brainstorming and the three research broadening sabbaticals in particular. It allowed me to try three different lab environments researching three very different areas of chemistry. That, along with the brainstorming allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the type of research I wanted to carry out during my PhD. Therefore it allowed me to make a more informed decision when choosing a PhD project.
What are the facilities like?
The department has all of the state of the art facilities you will need when carrying out your PhD. It is very well equipped.
How much support do you get from staff?
I found that I got a lot support from staff through the CDT. I had regular meetings with academics when I was carrying out my RBS rotations which was great. Not only that but we had regular meetings with the Director and Course Manager through different aspects of PACT (journal club, directors cut and brainstorming).
How does postgraduate study differ from an undergraduate degree?
Postgraduate study allows you to be creative and build on your personal development more so than an undergraduate degree. It builds on your initiative and independence a lot more.
Is there anything you would want to tell a prospective postgraduate student considering studying for a PhD in Chemical Synthesis at our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training?
It’s a great opportunity to really find out what you want to do if you are unsure. It allows you to try areas of chemistry which you may never have considered as a PhD project otherwise. Not only that, but the different aspects of PACT help you to become a more well-rounded person, for example by developing oral and written communication skills, initiative and lab skills.
Why did you decide to apply for this programme versus the normal route PhD?
I chose to apply for the CDT because I was unsure of the type of PhD project I wanted to carry out. I knew I wanted to a PhD in synthetic chemistry but unsure as to what in particular. I also liked the idea of being able to try three different lab environments before choosing.
What are you planning to do after completing your studies?
I would like to work in industry.