Dr Paul Malek Mirzayans in the labThe School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences held a special function for its graduands in the Sir Llew Edwards Building at UQ's St Lucia Campus on 7 December 2011.

The morning tea celebration allowed graduands from the School's majors and programs to introduce their families to fellow graduands and to staff.

It also provided them with an opportunity to relax and socialise before the graduation ceremony, which was held later in the day.

Professor Melissa Brown, Head of School, congratulated the graduands on their acheivements, and thanked their families for having supported them during their studies and research at UQ.

Whilst the graduation marks the end of many years of work, not all graduands will be leaving The University of Queensland- some intend to return for further study or for work.

Dr Paul Malek Mirzayans, who graduated on 7 December, has already accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research fellow at UQ.

Dr Malek Mirzayans, who came to UQ from Sweden to undertake his PhD under the supervision of Dr Craig Williams, chose UQ because of the University's international reputation in Chemistry and because of the opportunity to discover a new place and experience a different culture.

Despite long hours in the laboratory, Dr Malek Mirzayans enjoyed his PhD studies, having had an opportunity to meet interesting people from Australia and all around the world.

"I would like to acknowledge UQ and the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences for their scholarship program through which they have offered me a very rewarding experience" he said.

Image: Dr Malek Mirzayans in the laboratory

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