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Introducing SCI Ambassador, Fahima Idiris

Fahima Idiris

"By getting involved with SCI I hope to broaden my skill set, strengthen my CV and widen my professional network."

What are your research interests?
I am currently studying for a PhD in organic chemistry, specifically synthetic methodology, supervised by Dr Christopher Jones.

How did you first get involved with SCI?
I first got involved with SCI as an undergraduate when I took part in the 8th Annual SCI Undergraduate Symposium held at Imperial College London in 2015. I won a prize for best talk and heard about the many advantages of becoming a member of the SCI from the organising committee. These benefits were reinforced by my PhD supervisor who was involved with the SCI Young Chemists’ Panel. Encouraged to join, I became a student member and have since attended numerous one day meetings.

What do you hope to gain from your involvement with SCI?
As I approach the halfway point in my PhD I'm starting to think more about my plans for the future. By getting involved with SCI I hope to broaden my skill set, strengthen my CV and widen my professional network.

Why would you encourage your peers to join SCI?
By joining you get access to a myriad of conferences and lectures where you can meet individuals from both academia and industry. This gives you the opportunity to network and make more informed decisions about your future career. In addition, there are many opportunities to present your work and you can also gain access to a range of scholarships and bursaries.

Fahima Idiris
Queen Mary University of London – Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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