SCI Scholar, Holly Bonfield, presents her end of year report

19 August 2020

For over thirty years, SCI has supported and recognised the excellence of early career people, by aiding their studies in the form of an SCI Scholarship.

Since 1985 over 80 scholarships have been awarded which have not only given the recipients financial assistance, but have enabled them to broaden their network, and strengthen their skills and knowledge. SCI Scholars receive access to publishing and mentoring opportunities and are given a platform to present their work amongst esteemed scientists and industrialists, thus raising their profile within the scientific community.

Holly Bonfield was awarded an SCI Scholarship in 2019. At the end of their first year, SCI Scholars present an end of year report to SCI. Read on to find out more about what Holly has done in her first year as an SCI Scholar.

Holly Bonfield, SCI Scholar‘As an SCI scholar, I was welcomed to join the Young Chemists’ Panel (YCP), which has been a fantastic opportunity to meet young researchers from across both academia and industry. At YCP committee meetings, I get to witness all the exciting ideas for future conferences and see the hard work that goes into organising all the events that SCI run. In December 2019, I attended the 26th SCI Annual Review Meeting – Catalysis and Enabling Technologies for Synthesis, an event organised by SCI, and presented a poster on my research, for which a poster prize was awarded. I look forward to attending other conferences arranged by the SCI in the near future and hope to present my latest research findings at these events.

I have also attended a collaborative YCP-Fine Chemicals Group (FCG) brainstorm. Here, not only have I extended my network further, but I have also contributed to important discussions about other ways SCI can support and interact with the scientific community. Through these events, I have been able to offer my perspective and as such I feel valued as a young researcher.

Over the next 12-months, I am looking forward to getting back into the lab, following lockdown due to Coronavirus. My research is progressing well and I am hoping to publish my findings in the near future. Over lockdown, I have been able to invest time into preparing a review manuscript on Stereoselective Remote Functionalisation via Palladium‑Catalysed Redox-Relay Heck Methodologies’, which has been accepted for publication (DOI 10.1002/chem.202002849). I have also volunteered to organise a YCP conference in collaboration with the RSC, due to take place at the end of 2021, which I am excited to continue planning over the next year. I would like to thank SCI for their continued support in all of these endeavours.’

Holly Bonfield
PhD Student
University of Strathclyde

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