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Introducing SCI Ambassador, Angelica Orsi

Angelica Orsi

"I wouldn’t have known about or had this unique opportunity if I wasn’t part of SCI."

What are your research interests?
I am currently completing a PhD on metal-organic framework (MOF) synthesis for the capture of CO2, supervised by Prof Paul Wright. I have always aspired to be involved in something that could eventually impact on a person's everyday life, making the world a better, cleaner place and most importantly, a safer one. I have been fortunate thus far, in that all of the research projects I have been involved in could be classified as Green or Clean Chemistry.

How did you first get involved with SCI?
I first heard about SCI when I was awarded the SCI Scotland prize for the best 3rd year laboratory undergraduate student (2011/2012, University of St Andrews) and soon after applied for membership. Through the membership I noticed the advertisement for the SCI PhD Scholarship 2015 and after being awarded one of the three prizes I became more involved in SCI activities.

What do you hope to gain from your involvement with SCI?
I have taken the opportunities to become an SCI Ambassador at the University of St Andrews and to join the SCI Scottish Division Committee. By being part of SCI, I have attended events such as the Day of Science and Careers 2016 (Glasgow) where I was able to network with young researchers like myself and write the post event press article for the SCI website. Additionally, I have become a student on the SCI mentoring scheme, which is enabling me to plan and navigate my future career decisions.

Why would you encourage your peers to join SCI?
By becoming a member of SCI you will be joining a science community that will greatly benefit a young science researcher. Numerous events throughout the UK based on either careers or certain research topics will be open for one to attend, which will also give opportunities for networking, learning about the science industry and perhaps, be able to present your own research. As an example, in March 2017 I attended the Voice of the Future 2017 at the Houses of Parliament, where MPs were asked questions from a panel of young scientists and engineers (academia and industry). I wouldn't have known about or had this unique opportunity if I wasn't part of SCI.

Angelica Orsi
University of St Andrews – School of Chemistry

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