Shaunna Beedie (21), from Inverallochy, graduated from Aberdeen University on Tuesday, July 3, with a First Class BSc in Biomedical sciences before embarking on a very competitive PhD from the Wellcome Trust.
The four-year post-doctoral will be split between the University of Aberdeen and the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, USA.
Only five Wellcome Trust/NIH studentships are funded per annum.
For this Shuanna had to submit a lengthy application and face a gruelling ten panel interview in London, which she admits sometimes had moments of lost in translation due to her thick Scottish accent.
She will spend two years in Aberdeen screening forms of the drug Thalidomide that are clinically useful but with no side effects, before a further two years in America testing the drug.
Shaunna said “I was really interest in doing further research after my degree but I didn’t know where I wanted to do it. This PhD will give me the opportunity to study here and abroad which for me was perfect.”
Shaunna hopes to get into teaching after her research – an interest that was sparked by her time on different teaching schemes at the University.
She spent three weeks in Estonia teaching English to young children as part of the College of Life Sciences and Medicines Estonia trip and she also spent three months in Porthlethen Academy as part of the BP Tutoring scheme teaching Biology to pupils.
Shuanna would love to come back to the University and to continue her research and pursue a career in teaching. She is passionate about public engagement with science and this is something to hopes to continue throughout her very promising career.
She will spend the day celebrating with her family.