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Congratulations Christina and Shengquan!

Under very unusual circumstances both Chuijiang (Christina) and Shengquan have successfully completed and submitted their masters' theses. Congratulations!

In early March — unaware of the coming impact of COVID-19, but still with some concern — Christina and I travelled to Edinburgh to carry out key experiments for her MEng project with Prof. Simon Parsons at CSEC. Meeting collaborators and working hands on with new equipment is always an exciting part of experimental science, and we both enjoyed this time immensely. Sadly, it will be some time before this is repeated, but we will look forward to it when it does. By the end of March lockdown was upon us and Christina worked extremely hard to present her work remotely to the Theme, and complete her final exams and thesis.

Christina will start her PhD studies with Dr Robert Hoye in the Department in October. You can follow her on Twitter @food_by_ck

Andrew, Muzi, Nathalie on webcam waving during Christina's viva celebration.
With lockdown in full swing, the group took time out to celebrate Christina's final viva presentation.

The timing of MSc projects meant that all students had to complete a remote project over the summer, as restrictions prevented lab access. This meant a complete change of direction for Shengquan, who spent the summer analysing data from the ESRF using complex structural models. With huge thanks to Muzi for helping with training and guidance, by September Shengquan submitted his thesis and presented his work to the examiners. Well done Shengquan!

Shengquan, Muzi, Christina and Andrew after the group Christmas lunch
Shengquan, Muzi, Christina and Andrew after the group Christmas lunch (2019)


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