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DIT students awarded Royal Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Student Research Bursaries

Posted: 10 August, 2018

Two students studying for a degree in Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at DIT were recently awarded prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Bursaries.

[L-R] Dr David O'Connor, RSC Bursary awardees Anjali Pant and Dounya Yahi, Dr Sarah Rawe and DIT Research Action Plan Bursary awardee Robert Redmond.

The awards allowed both students to work on research projects during the summer - Dounya Yahi is working with Dr Sarah Rawe on the synthesis of novel antitumour hybrid drugs while Anjali Pant is assisting Dr David O'Connor and Dr Gavin Sewell on relative rate reactions of several fungal VOCs (volatile organic compounds) with chlorine radicals. Both students have gained invaluable experience working in a research environment, developing new skills and using instrumentation not usually available to them at an undergraduate level. The bursaries are awarded annually to undergraduates in the middle years of their undergraduate chemistry degrees in the UK and Ireland. Details for those interested in submitting a 2019 application are available here

Robert Redmond and Ellen King have also joined research teams in the School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences for the summer - Robert as a research assistant in organic synthesis working with Dr Sarah Rawe, and Ellen as a research assistant in analytical chemistry working with Dr Aine Whelan. Funding for Robert and Ellen was provided by the School's CLICK (Collaborative Leveraging of Innovation and Chemistry Knowledge) project funded by DIT's Research Action Plan initiative 'Empowering Our Schools'.