Postgraduate profile: Siying Zhong

What do you particularly enjoy about postgraduate study in the Chemical Synthesis CDT?

I like to be surrounded by people who start their PhD at the same time as me. Having the opportunity to try out three different research projects has helped me to choose my PhD project. I also picked up skills (such as purifying protein) during my RBS that I would never learn in a synthetic lab.

What are the facilities like?

The facilities (especially NMR) are excellent. We have so much support from the technical staff and not only our research goes smoother but we also gain a deeper understandings of the techniques we are using.

How much support do you get from staff?

A lot- from the initial application stage, to visa application and when I was offered a place. Members of staff in the University worked very efficiently and promptly replied to my requests.

How does postgraduate study differ from an undergraduate degree?

It is no longer learning what you’ve been told. You are actually doing your own project and trying to find a solution to a particular problem.

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?

I think that having the chance to experience three projects during PACT is definitely a bonus- you can go outside your comfort zone and explore other areas of chemical synthesis.

Why did you decide to apply for this programme versus the normal route PhD?

Because I wasn’t sure what area of synthetic chemistry I would like to pursue my PhD.

What are you planning to do after completing your studies?

I would like to be a postdoc and may be a lecturer in future.

Siying Zhong, 2014 Cohort
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