Theory Ph.D. students attend University of Oxford Summer School

Four University of Sheffield chemistry Ph.D. students recently joined 21 other postgraduate students from other institutions in attending a two-week summer school at the University of Oxford. In attendance were: first year Ph.D. students and members of the Meijer research group Matthew Dwyer and Emily Slate; member of the Hill group Thomas Hogg and second year Ph.D. student and member of the Fowler group Joseph Clarke.

The 5th National Training School in Theoretical Chemistry, also known as “UKTC 2016”, was held in September. The school, which is run every two years, is open to 25 postgraduate students studying in theoretical or computational chemistry. It is funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC.

The cohort of Oxford Summer School studentsThe aim of the school is to introduce students to some of the more advanced areas of chemistry beyond the undergraduate level as well as offering networking opportunities. The topics studied at the school included: advanced quantum mechanics, which detailed the theory and mathematics behind the quantum realm of chemistry; various models that can accurately depict the dynamics of fluids; methods of computational modelling with emphasis on the advantages and disadvantages; as well as probability and mathematics courses.

As well as the lectures, a poster session offered the opportunity for Emily, Matt and Joe to present posters on their own research undertaken in Sheffield.

About the school Matt Dwyer said: “(The school) was a real learning experience and will help immensely with my studies. It was great to have the opportunity to network both with other Ph.D. students from other universities, and other academics in a field of research closely related to my own.”