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Durham University

Department of Chemistry

News Archive

Tanner Research Internships

(7 September 2012)

Jacob (left) and Gordon

The Department was delighted to welcome the first pair of Tanner Research Interns this summer, Jacob Grant and Gordon Hack. The internships, funded by a generous donation from a Chemistry Department Alumnus, Julian Tanner, will provide funded research experience to Durham University undergraduates in laboratories during the summer vacation for the next 3 years – enhancing their skills, experience and employability!

Jacob is spending a period with Prof Sandford, working on the synthesis of an enantioselective fluorinating agent, while Gordon has completed his project with Dr O’Donoghue investigating the origin of the product specificities of methylglyoxal synthase and triosephosphate isomerase.

Dr O’Donoghue said, “The summer bursary for Gordon provided us with the ideal opportunity to explore the synthesis and application of new 'mutant' substrates designed to probe origin of key enzymatic product specificities.” 

While working on his project Jacob commented, “The Tanner research internship is a fantastic opportunity. I've learned a massive amount in such a short time and it has not only helped to prepare me for my fourth year research project but also to inform my decisions on what to do after graduation, particularly on whether to apply for a PhD, and what exactly a doctorate involves. It requires a lot of patience, hard work, thinking for yourself and perseverance. Things don't always go to plan, but when they do it can also be extremely rewarding and I was fortunate enough to discover that over the course of this internship.”

At the end of his project Gordon said, “All in all, I have greatly enjoyed my time working over the summer and would like to thank Julian Tanner for his generosity in providing me with this opportunity. I would highly recommend a summer research internship to students seeking to enhance their learning and to get a taste of professional research”.