This summer, alongside graduations for the present cohort, the University of Nottingham has been holding ceremonies for those students whose in-person graduation had been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Last week I had the great pleasure of seeing Caitlin Dickson and Sunny Luhar after their graduation ceremony, where they both received M. Sci. degrees in Physics with First Class Honours.
Caitlin and Sunny completed an excellent 4th year undergraduate research project as the first (ever) members of our research group, investigating thermoelectricity in small-molecule organic semiconductor thin films and the effects of doping.
Their work was of excellent quality and has provided the foundation for further academic study in our group and beyond. Caitlin and Sunny showed excellent focus in their work as well as patience and personal sacrifice in the face of ever-changing Covid restrictions. It probably goes without saying that at times we all would have wished for things to be different; however, I have no doubt that their positive attitude and resilience will take them far in their professional careers – which have both already begun in earnest.
Caitlin and Sunny, everyone in the group and indeed in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham would like to wish you well for the future. As a Nottingham graduate myself I know from personal experience that each of your degrees will be a gift that keeps on giving.
Sapientia urbs conditur / A city is built on wisdom!