Priory School, Lewes (2005-2010); BHASVIC sixth form college, Brighton & Hove (2010-2012); Durham University (2012-2016); University of St Andrews (2016-2020)
GCSEs: 10A* grades in: Maths, English Literature, English Language, German, Spanish, Latin, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Art. Distinction grade in ICT. A-Levels: Grades A*A*A* in Mathematics (core and statistics), Chemistry and Biology A-Level, and an A in Creative Extended Project. MChem (first class, with honours). Currently working on a PhD!
Volunteer, Age UK Charity Shop (2014-2015)
Postgraduate Demonstrator - University of St Andrews
As well as my PhD I work for the University as a teaching assistant. This means that when undergraduate students learn how to do experiments in the lab, I’m the one helping and teaching them. I show the undergraduate students how to set up experiments, and when things go wrong I try to fix them. I wear a special bright green lab coat so everyone can easily spot me in the lab and come and find me to ask questions!
Favourite thing to do in my job: Being in the lab and doing experiments with chemicals that go pretty colours
I am a PhD student studying how to make chemical reactions happen using the power of sunlight!
Hello, I’m Bee! I live in St Andrews in Fife and I have a cat called Inky. My preferred pronouns are they/them. I love cooking vegetarian food.
I am studying to become Dr Hockin – to do this I am working as a researcher on a topic in chemistry, supervised by a professor in the chemistry department. On a daily basis I do chemistry experiments and then write about them. Here is a picture of me in the lab, wearing goggles to protect my eyes of course. I make lots of cool brightly coloured chemicals, some of them even glow in the dark!
I make chemical reactions happen using the power of sunlight!
What I'd do with the prize money
Bring school students to visit our labs to see what real scientists do all day!
I would use the prize money to bring groups of school students of all ages to visit the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. Class groups could visit a working research laboratory for a tour and find out what scientists do all day, see some fun science demonstrations and try doing some real experiments themselves.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Chemistry, cats, cake!
What's the best thing you've ever done in your career?
Lived and worked in Canada for three months doing chemistry research. The lab was very different from my one at home but it was really fun and I got to learn some French while I was there. Also, it snowed a lot so I got to go skiing on weekends.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Rosalind Franklin, Helen Sharman, and my secondary school Chemistry teacher Mr Baker.
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
After primary school: a pirate. After secondary school: a scientist.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, I once accidentally ate someone else's breaktime snack because I thought it was mine!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I'd probably be an artist or a musician (my other two passions!)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Right now it's BTS
What's your favourite food?
My mum makes the best shepard's pie!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I took a solo tour of Washington DC and went to the Air and Space Museum, they have an actual piece of the Moon that you can touch! (I'm such a nerd)
Tell us a joke.
I'd tell you a chemistry joke but all the good ones argon.