Alex joined the 2017 TMCS cohort after completing an MSci in Chemistry and Physics at the University of St Andrews. Regarding the masters year of TMCS, Alex says “At the end of my masters I was unsure about what I wanted to study next. TMCS gave me another year to consolidate and build on what I had learned previously, during which I could consider what I wanted to study. During the first year, spending time absorbing the cultures and work environments of Oxford, Bristol and Southampton helped me to decide that Bristol was where I wanted to study”


“After an interesting masters project about 2D lattices of superconducting vortices, I got to do a really great project in Southampton with Professor Jeremy Frey, looking into how chemistry would behave in Flatland. The week long visit in Bristol exposed me to the work undertaken in Dr David Glowacki’s group at the University of Bristol, after which I decided to join his group to undertake my PhD. My research so far has combined my studies into chemistry and maths with my passion and knowledge of game design - developing and improving the VR framework used in the group to run interactive molecular dynamics. When looking into PhDs in our field, a lot can seem rather academic and dry, but TMCS showed that it is possible to perform computational chemistry in a very engaging and innovative way”


“One of the best things about TMCS was the camaraderie of being in a cohort. In comparison to later years of an undergraduate, with people studying diverging topics, having a group of people all doing the same work allowed us to help each other throughout the year.”


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