Graduate SCI Scholar Interview Daniel Mould

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 68 scholarships have been awarded which have not only given the recipients financial assistance, but have enabled them to broaden their network as well as 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. In the past eight years alone, SCI has generously bequeathed over £115,000 of its charitable funds to SCI Scholars and the scientists of the future.

Daniel Mould received an SCI Scholarship in 2014. Below he tells us what being an SCI Scholar has enabled him to do.

What has the Scholarship from SCI enabled you to do that would not have been possible otherwise?
Firstly, I am proud to have represented SCI as a Scholar for the past two years. The interactions I’ve had at SCI’s College of Scholars’ days have been extremely valuable, and it was great to present my research to a non-specialist audience at the 2016 SCI AGM. It has also opened doors to additional travel grants and funding.

What has been the most valuable part of receiving the Scholarship?
As a Scholar I’ve met some fantastic scientists, had engaging conversations that have led to new ideas, and presented my research at national and international conferences - in particular at Young Chemist in Industry 2015.

Which achievement are you most proud of in your academic career so far?
I’m grateful to have had significant support and funding from Cancer Research UK and specifically the Manchester Institute, who have really driven my progression and training as a medicinal chemist since I first began working at the Drug Discovery Unit in 2011. This has led to a number of publications and the chance to visit some amazing places.

What impact do you think receiving the Scholarship will have on your future career?
Being the recipient of a prestigious and highly competitive award such as this will certainly be a persuasive part of my CV. Additionally, I have made connections through networking at SCI events that have influenced my future career plans.

What next?
I will be completing my PhD in August 2017. As to the future, I’m on the lookout for a role that will allow me to expand my horizons, perhaps even outside of chemistry!

Daniel Mould
SCI Scholar 2014-16

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