Dinmukhamed Shakhman

Specialty: Chemistry. Yessenov Scholarship Recipient.

The hero of our story is a 21-year-old from Almaty. He often plays table tennis, does jogging and fitness, and is fond of anime. This helps him to relax between studying chemistry and working in the laboratory. In 2018 Dinmukhamed won a scholarship from the Shakhmardan Yessenov Foundation, and in early 2019 he was among the winners in the foundation’s Research Internships Program. This summer he will have two interesting internships: in Canada and in France.

Why is chemistry so interesting to You?
All those things that surround us and significantly improve our quality of life (medicine, food industry, perfumes, cosmetics, etc.), were developed largely because of chemistry. Since my early childhood, I have been interested in how different substances are synthesized: medicines, sweets, cosmetic products. For this reason, I started studying chemistry and participating in various competitions at the age of 12. Over the years, this science has become more interesting to me, and now I am focused on organic chemistry.

What advice would you give to a participant in a Yessenov Foundation competition?
When I went to university, I asked myself: “What do you need to get from university, in addition to a good GPA, to have an advantage in your future career?” I realized that doing scientific internships plays a key role in successful employment or getting onto masters- and doctoral programs. I applied for the Yessenov Foundation’s summer internship program and won the grant. I would advise future participants to plan their way to the goal. For example, if you want to win in any competition, take steps to improve your resume in advance (and actively participate in academic and volunteer activities), raise your GPA, consult with more experienced colleagues.

How did the Foundation scholarship help you?
It allowed me to spend more time on studies and research, as I did not have to earn extra money, and made it easier to pay for expenses during the summer internship in South Korea in 2018.

What do you expect from the internship?
In Canada, I will continue with the project which I have been working on for several months in the laboratory at Nazarbayev University. This topic (optimization of conditions for the use of a new catalyst) is very interesting to me, and it is for this reason that I decided to continue my scientific work under the guidance of one of the world’s strongest professors in this field – Georgy Nikonov. As for the internship at the Institute of Chemistry in Nice — this is my childhood dream. I was interested in the chemistry of fragrances — it’s about the synthesis of new perfumes, cosmetics, etc. I’m also interested to know why different people and animals “interpret” smells differently. And chemistry explains that too.

12.04.19, Success stories

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