Scott Sammons | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Scott Sammons

MSc Organic Chemistry at the University of Guelph graduate student Scott Sammons


Why I chose Guelph

With the intention of pursuing a career in pharmaceutical research or academia, I knew graduate studies was a necessity to make my future attainable. I had the privilege of pursuing a 4th year research project in an OrganoSulfur chemistry laboratory in the last year of my undergrad (BPCH), which exposed me to a variety of novel chemical techniques and invaluable knowledge. Upon graduating, I was offered to continue in the same research laboratory for a thesis based MSc. The University of Guelph and my brilliant advisor (Dr. Adrian Schwan) have provided an excellent opportunity for me to expand my chemistry knowledge and practical skills before advancing onward in my career.

About my advisor

I have an outstanding relationship with my advisor; he has supported all my chemical endeavours and has spent countless hours discussing concepts with me to prepare me for conferences and my thesis. Not only does he provide foresight to ideas I bring to the table, he has exceptional vision on prioritizing reactions and managing what needs to be done.

What's it like to be a grad student at U of G?

As a graduate student, you become apart of a close-knit community present at UofG. I have grown very close to all other graduate students in the Chemistry department, and we treat each other as family. Though, graduate student life requires a deep level of passion. You have to be driven to work hard and push yourself. With that being said, if you enjoy what you do, it doesn't seem like work at the end of the day.

Words of advice for a prospective grad student

Networking is essential when considering graduate studies. I met my research advisor at an informal chemistry meet-up in Brass Taps two years prior to working for him. You'll never know when opportunities present themselves, so it's important to take chances and meet everyone you can.

How will my work Improve Life?

The research I have performed has aided in modelling chemical reactivity behind sulfur based molecules. Much of the data and knowledge I have obtained can be utilized by pharmaceutical and private sector companies in the generation of safer disease preventing drugs.​​

What excites you about the work you are doing here?

As an MSc Chemistry researcher, reactions don't often work as planned and synthetic pathways fall apart. It's the unexpected moments where the chemistry does work that make the highs thoroughly outweigh any hardships.

My future plans

I plan on pursuing a PhD in organic synthesis after graduation, as I firmly believe I will require the further level of education to reach my career goals. UofG has provided an essential stepping stone in advancing my academic and chemical knowledge.