PROFILE: Undergraduate Researcher Jamie-Lee Freeston

Posted on February 16, 2018

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

Jamie-Lee is a fifth-year Engineering Chemistry student with experience in both research and industry. Having completed a year-long internship with Imperial Oil, she returned to Queen’s and is pursuing her passion for research as a member of Professor Pascale Champagne’s research team.

“I was interested in alternative energy research so I talked to my friends who were doing theses last year and got a feel for what professors were researching” says Freeston. “One of my best friends worked with Dr Champagne last year, so she put in a good word for me.”

With that work, Jamie-Lee has been able to start an exciting project focusing on improving methods for bio-diesel extraction.

Jamie Lee
A HEAD START: Queen’s engineering chemistry student, Jamie-Lee Freeston, is earning valuable research experience that will give her a leg up once she completes her undergraduate degree.

“Currently, bio-diesel extraction is a very energy intensive process,” she says. “So, with this research we’re trying to improve the efficiency.”

"If you’re not sure about what you want to do, try out undergraduate research to see if you could see yourself doing it in the future as a career."
Jamie-Lee Freeston

Freeston says undergraduate students interested in doing undergrad research should first find a professor whose work aligns with their interests and then reach out to them directly.

It’s interesting work but a little different from undergrad courses.

“With coursework, you’re sitting in lecture, taking notes,” she says. “You have set practice problems with a specific answer. You’re either right or wrong. In research work, you’re not guaranteed to find a solutions. You have to keep preserving and trying new things to hopefully end up with something that’s useful in the end.”

Learn more about undergraduate research opportunities and find ways you can participate.

Apply for an Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship (USSRF).