"The partnership between SFU and TRIUMF, as well as the strong female leadership in the research group was very appealing to me in my pursuit to become a radiochemist."

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Student Profile: Aivija Grundmane

February 28, 2022
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Chemistry doctoral student in the Faculty of Science

I am a first year Chemistry PhD candidate currently working on radionuclide production, purification and chelation. When I am not in the lab, you can find me reading a book or being mesmerised by BC nature!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

The partnership between SFU and TRIUMF, as well as the strong female leadership in the research group was very appealing to me in my pursuit to become a radiochemist.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

I am working on producing, purifying and binding radioactive antimony to organic molecules for the use of radiotherapy in cancer treatment.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I have been enjoying the interdisciplinary aspect of my research. Having the opportunity to work with scientists specialised in different fields has really helped me grow as a scientist myself and has made the grad school experience much more enjoyable.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

GPS Graduate Fellowship for Fall 2021 As a new international graduate student, this award was impactful, helping me get settled in Vancouver without worrying about tuition fees for the semester.

 

Contact : aivija_grundmane@sfu.ca

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