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PROFILE: Undergraduate Researcher, Nicole Woodcock

By James Hubay, FEAS communications intern, with files from Matt Mills, FEAS communications staff.

Nicole Woodcock, an undergraduate Engineering Chemistry student, is also working to better understand the properties of cellulose nanocrystals as an undergraduate researcher in the research group led by Queen's engineering professor, Michael Cunningham.

Cellulose nanocrystals are one of the building blocks of natural life on earth. They are found in every plant and tree, and are extremely versatile due to their unique biological properties. It is the ubiquitous nature of the crystals that make them such an attractive research subject.

 

" You really get to dive into a certain topic."

- Nicole Woodcock

“We are working towards functionalizing these crystals with polymers that have switchable hydrophilicity properties,” says Woodcock. “The research work has potential to have practical applications in the world of cosmetics and creams.”

The research group consists of PhD and Master’s students as well as professors.  For Woodcock the work presents a unique opportunity to see first-hand what being a graduate student is like.

“Research work is very self-driven,” says Woodcock. “You set your own goals and reach them. You’re driving your own research and you can make it as thorough as you want it to be. You really get to dive into a certain topic.”

 

Learn more about undergraduate research opportunities and find ways you can participate here and apply for your own Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship (USSRF) here.
Nicole Woodcock

A HEAD START: Queen’s chemical engineering student, Nicole Woodcock, is earning valuable research experience that will give her a leg up once she completes her undergraduate degree.