Karl Davy looks forward to using his Chemistry in the workplace...
Karl started off doing Chemical Engineering, but after a year decided the Bachelor of Science degree was for him.
“I liked the chemistry-based courses, and it was easy to transfer from one program to another”, he said.
Karl was accepted into the Science Advanced Studies Program, which gives high-achieving undergraduates a chance to work in research laboratories from their first year and receive individual mentoring from a scientist.
"For my third year in the Advanced Studies Program in Science program I worked on a project at the Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE). My project, which crossed over between the disciplines of chemistry and physics, looked at the physical properties of eumelanin, a complex biomacromolecule. I continued my research in this area with a UQ Summer Research Scholarship between my third year and Honours year. I was also able to spend some time carrying out experimental work at the University of New South Wales and as a result of my work have had some of my findings included in a recent publication in the journal Langmuir," Karl said.
"My Honours project was carried out under Dr Aaron Micallef in the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences (SCMB). I worked on the preparation and characterisation of solid state assemblies of persistent free radicals. My Honours year allowed me to focus almost entirely on carrying out research and gave me a taste of what it is like to work in a research laboratory. It was also great to be able to take ownership of a project and then see the results come together as I wrote my thesis. With great satisfaction I was able to achieve First Class Honours and in the near future we hope to publish some of the results I obtained.
"During my Honours year I was able to attend the ARC Centre of Excellence Free Radical Winter Carnival on the Gold Coast which was my frst experience of an academic conference. I also attended the Australian Synchrotron Winter School in Melbourne. In amongst my study and research I have also tutored both first and second year students in laboratory and classroom settings. This was one of the most rewarding aspects of my Honours year as it gave me an opportunity to put some of my knowlege to work in helping newer students learn about a subject I have a passion for."
“I have also been a member of the SCMB Research Students Consultative Committee. This gave me the opportunity to act as the representative for the Honours cohort and to take part in organising some events such as the SCMB Research Students Symposium."
In December 2010, in recognition of his outstanding academic record, Karl was named UQ's Graduate of the Year.
Karl feels that his experiences so far have prepared him well for whatever challenges are ahead and he is confident that his qualifications will stand up well both locally and overseas.