PhysicsAraceli Venegas-Gomez

Why did you choose Strathclyde for your postgraduate research study?

Strathclyde chose me! It's a long story, but at the end, once I got in touch with my current PhD supervisor and discovered Glasgow and Scotland, I definitely thought it is a wonderful place to live in.

Araceli Venegas-Gomez, Physics PhD student

What is the nature of your study?

My research focuses on dynamics in many-body quantum systems with long-range interactions. By controlling the dynamics in cold atoms for quantum simulation, we can study the magnetic properties at the atomic level, which are directly linked to matter at a macroscopic scale.

What's the Strathclyde research community like?

The research community starts with your colleagues and supervisor and grows to include other groups in the department. Overall, we are doing cutting edge research at Strathclyde.

We collaborate with some of the best research groups in the fields of quantum optics, and we have several events over the year with people from all over the world.


What are the Strathclyde facilities like?

Strathclyde offers a fantastic range of facilities! I think we are not even aware of everything the University has.

With the Technology & Innovation Centre building and all the new developments Strathclyde is leading in a high-tech environment.

How do you find the support from your supervisor and the wider Strathclyde team?

I've had the support from my supervisor from the very first day I decided to change my career to start doing research in physics. The rest of Strathclyde staff have always been there for me, and I will always be grateful.

What's the best thing about Strathclyde?

I love the fact that the University is in the city centre, making it possible to reach any place in the city very fast, so that we can enjoy the variety of events over the city.

Strathclyde has so many opportunities to do something more than just research. Ranging from sports and student societies to outreach and professional development, the list is infinite! It is incredible to have the chance to be part of this impressive network.

What would you like to do after your PhD?

Honestly, I do not know yet. However, I am aware of the options and possibilities that I have. Even more important, being conscious of the skills I have acquired and what I am good at can open many doors. I am sure there is a career for me, I just need to shape it.