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Student Profile: Josiah Newton

February 15, 2022
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Chemistry doctoral student in the Faculty of Science

Josiah received his B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Chadron M. Friesen at Trinity Western University in 2017, where he explored the synthesis of hydrofluoroethers. Josiah joined the Britton Group at Simon Fraser University in the Fall of 2017, under the joint supervision of Chadron M. Friesen and Robert Britton. His work focuses on the synthesis of fluorinated small molecules. Outside of the lab, Josiah enjoys playing video games, cooking, and listening to music.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

The Britton lab is one of the best synthetic organic research groups in Western Canada, and I was eager to lend my talents to the Group

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

My research is aimed at developing new methods for accessing molecules which have relevance for drug discovery and the development of new imaging agents for PET imaging

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

The work, the facilities, and the people - the view from SFU is also gorgeous!

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.

My most notable award has been the NSERC Doctoral Awards PGSD – Summer 2019 to Spring 2022; This grant has made it possible for me to have the security to conduct research, enabling me to focus on getting lab-work done and publishing papers

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM/POSTDOC POSITION TO SOMEONE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PROGRAM OR POSTDOC POSITION?

A PhD in chemistry is mostly a research position, where you predominantly do lab-work, combined with meetings, reading, and writing. Mentoring undergraduate students and my fellow graduate students has been the most meaningful part of the program for me.

 

Contact : Josiahn@sfu.ca

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