Outcome of Carnegie/Caledonian PhD Scholarships round 2020
I have always been interested in human biology and medicine so I knew I wanted to pursue a career in this area. I therefore studied Adult Nursing at university but soon realised this wasn’t the right fit for me.
I had always been good at science at school and so I went to college to study a HND in applied science. During the course we studied a broad range of science and maths topics and I took a particular interest in chemistry and human biology which motivated me to apply to study Pharmacology at the University of Aberdeen.
I was informed about the Carnegie Trust when I was offered advanced entry in to 3rd year Pharmacology at the University of Aberdeen. I no longer qualified for SAAS as I had used the 4 years of funding for previous studies and the student finance department at the university suggested I apply to the Trust.
Without the assistance the Trust provided I would not have been able to accept the offer and attain my degree. I am deeply grateful for the support which has supported me to reach my full potential and opened up many exciting opportunities.
After graduating with a BSc with first class honours in Pharmacology in June 2016 I spent the summer completing a project with Tenovus Scotland in which I explored the impact of their small research grants. I was then awarded a PhD studentship by the British Heart foundation to research takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as broken heart syndrome. I am due to complete my PhD in September this year and hope to continue my career in research.
Awarded: Undergraduate Fee Grant