Sam Dunning begins his doctoral research in Chemistry at UT Austin this fall and comes to us from the University of Sheffield.
Why did you choose UT?
I chose to study for my PhD at UT not just because of the University’s great reputation, but because I was a student at UT before and loved it so much I had to come back! As part of my course at the University of Sheffield I was given the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad in America and luckily for me I spent my year abroad in Austin. I had such wonderful memories of the city, it’s people and the University, when I decided to pursue a PhD I knew exactly where I wanted to study if I could.
Have you visited Austin?
My first thought when I arrived in Austin was “Wow, it’s hot here!”, Austin summers are a bit more intense than English ones! Later on I discovered the wonders of Austin food (specifically breakfast tacos) and the music scene and I’m extremely excited to experience life in Austin all over again!
What aspects of your studies are you most excited about?
I am most excited about being able to apply my knowledge of Chemistry in new and meaningful ways through research. I’m also really looking forward having the opportunity to teach new students as a teaching assistant.