Master of Science (Research) student
She has had plenty of lightbulb moments throughout her studies, says Sukhpreet Kaur Gill who came to AUT as an international student from Punjab in India to study a Master of Science (Research), specialising in chemistry.
“I felt inspired every time I saw the senior researchers, met students with really ambitious goals, and saw the energy and the efforts of each and everyone at the university. All these moments have boosted my interest and curiosity, and inspired me to achieve my goals.
“I feel like I’ve come a long way from my very first day at AUT, when I was in the research lab starting my project with absolutely no idea what was happening. Today, I feel like I know each and every corner of university and my lab, and feel that I belong here. My supervisor and the other academic staff have been so helpful, and I’ll never forget the time I spent at AUT.”
She would highly recommend AUT’s chemistry programmes to other students.
“These programmes are definitely worth of your love for chemistry. AUT is one of the best universities in the world, with excellent academic staff and techniques to help students learn and improve their knowledge. You won’t regret choosing these programmes.”
A passion for inorganic chemistry
For her master’s degree research, Sukhpreet is focusing on inorganic chemistry, specifically coordination chemistry, and is investigating looking at chemical reactions that occur within complexes containing cobalt(III), a transition metal ion.
“My research focuses on cobalt(III) complexes. I had previously done a project on these and when I discussed this earlier experience with my AUT supervisor, Professor Allan Blackman, he helped me choose my master's degree research topic.”
Expecting to complete her master’s degree later this year, she already has a good idea what her next steps will be.
“Once I finish my degree, I plan to apply for a job to work in a laboratory and gain some work experience. After that, I’m planning to return to AUT to do a PhD in the same area.”
Sharing her experiences
In addition to her studies, Sukhpreet was elected as the postgraduate student affairs officer in 2020, and enjoyed being able to help other students.
“As an international postgraduate student that was really a precious moment for me. I really love helping others, and this role taught me so much and brought the best out of me.”
She has some great advice for other students.
“My advice for other students is to follow your dreams. You’ll love the AUT environment; everyone is so kind and always ready to help. You’ll also love the fun and educational events continuously happening at AUT.
“Overall, your time here will be a golden time in every aspect. I hope you achieve your goals and enjoy every moment of your journey.”