Alina moved to Canada five years ago from Krasnoyarsk, Russia. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree here at U of T in chemistry and nanochemistry. She also completed an honour’s thesis focused on intramolecular nitrogen-linked Frustrated Lewis Pairs systems under the supervision of Prof. Douglas Stephan.
After doing your undergraduate studies at U of T, what was it that made you decide to continue your graduate studies here in the Department of Chemistry?
After my undergraduate studies, I wanted to stay in Canada to pursue a PhD degree. I decided to continue my studies at U of T as it's a leading research university with a huge infrastructure. I like the friendly atmosphere in the department, as everyone knows each other and is ready to help.
What are you looking forward to most about this next stage in your academic life?
During my undergraduate research, I always wanted to lead my own research, which will be possible during my graduate studies. Looking back, I realize that five years ago I knew zero chemistry. Hopefully I will say the same in another five years.