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An MChem with a Year Abroad (in India) Student

Bill, Year 4
MChem: Chemistry

In my 4th year at York I was given the chance to study in India. Based in Mumbai, one of the largest cities in the world, I have been studying at the newly opened UM DAE Center for Excellence in Basic Science.

It has been a truly unique experience for me, both academically and culturally

I have been working on protein chemistry in a joint project with the Biophysics department and the cutting edge Nanotechnology Center, and have learnt a plethora of new skills that can only come from being part of an active research team. University should give you a way of stepping out of your comfort zone and facing challenges that will help you after you graduate. This is exactly what moving to India has given me. I would love others to have the same experience.

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Over the Christmas holiday, I spent a couple of weeks travelling around the south of the country, an unbelievable trip where I saw wild elephants and coffee plantations, mountains and oceans – an incredible way to pass the vacation.

My time here has helped fuel my interest in chemistry, and I have loved how through all the cultural differences science has been a common thread between all the awesome people I have met.

In the future, I am planning on doing a PhD in organic chemistry.


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