- Satya Piccioni-Grenna
I know that despite having done a degree specifically focusing on psychology, I will be able to apply my skills in every aspect of what I choose to do next.
- Chloe Marie
My honours project looks at determining the origin of particular sediments in an interglacial sequence from the Neoproterozoic.
- Peter McDonald
I was inspired to study chemistry by the desire to understand how things work at an atomic level.
Cara Dawn Faulkner
Cara’s major in mathematical physics is driven by her passion for astrophysics and quantum physics.
In primary school I was exposed to science fiction, which I found fascinating and from there I started reading material on physics and mathematics in my spare time. I was drawn to Melbourne University because of its fantastic reputation (particularly in regards to its physics department) and the high academic standard it upholds. It also has an excellent location and the grounds and facilities are great.
Even though the studies can be academically challenging, I've found it really rewarding and I've been able to connect with other students at all levels and faculty staff through some great networking events.
Whilst I haven't yet narrowed down my exact dream career, I know that I want to research maths and physics and some of the particular fields of interest for me are astrophysics and quantum physics.
"It was the middle of winter and we were learning about fire behaviour on a fire table using real fire." -Mitchell
Towards the end of my degree I completed the Forest Science major capstone subject Forest Systems. I was studying the Civil Systems major and had plans for a career in engineering but after completing this subject I am now a Forest Fire-fighter.
It was the middle of winter and we were learning about fire behaviour on a fire table using real fire. The session was run by a representative from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning who not only educated us about fire behaviour but also about the possible careers in this area. I followed their advice and applied to become a Project Fire Fighter for that summer. I was successful and that summer headed out to Cann River in eastern Victoria for my first fire fighting adventure.
That summer was spent fighting a number of small forest fires and undertaking planned burns for the next fire season. The fire table activity really came to life here and helped me appreciate and understand the power of fire and the reasoning behind the strategies that we were using. The camaraderie of the job is terrific and it was great to be working in the bush. Most of the time was spent four wheel driving and chain sawing, with lunch often spent at a river, beach or a great lookout.
From there an opportunity came up in the Tiwi Islands over the winter months to work as a firefighter. So with only a handful of wildfires and a few more burns under my belt down in Victoria, I soon found myself taking on the role as second in charge on the ground, sometimes even running some of the smaller, safer burns by myself. Talk about a steep learning curve! This experience was enjoyable, unique, full of learning, memorable, challenging and primarily a bunch of laughs.
Last summer I was back in Cann River and I got the chance to take on more responsibilities and leadership roles in the crew. I am now looking to extend my fire management knowledge through postgraduate study. For those who want experiential learning with industry engagement that leads to a real job and terrific experiences out in the bush, then I suggest that you undertake the Forest Science Major.
See here for more information on the Forest Science Major.
Despite my parents being avid gardeners, my interest in Horticulture didn’t develop until I started growing my own veggies about six years ago. The physical, mental and emotional benefits of being outdoors and working with nature led me to the Associate Degree of Horticulture at Burnley. I graduated in December of last year, and I am now about to commence the Bachelor of Environments at Parkville!
I grew up in an Artistic family, so design was a natural choice for me, and has allowed me to marry my visual communication skills with my desire to contribute to a healthy earth and society. Through my further study I am keen to explore the innovative ways in which design and horticulture can be implemented to create more successful green spaces, both public and private.
Jaz won 3rd place at the 2016 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS). See here for more information about MIFGS.
To find out about the University's Burnley campus, see here.
James is completing a major in Chemistry alongside a Diploma of Mathematical Science
Whilst attending two youth science forums, NYSF (Perth, 2013) and LIYSF (London, 2013), I was fortunate to hear from several distinguished scientists and see science in action at facilities such as CERN. These experiences inspired me to pursue chemistry, through which we can understand so much of the natural world around us. I find it fascinating that chemistry can explain physical phenomena by considering interactions between the smallest of objects. My interest for statistics was piqued in second year, when I was first able to appreciate the role maths has in forging new knowledge from data. This helps us to draw informed conclusions, which seems particularly relevant in this information epoch.
As science branches ever further outwards, it has become increasingly difficult for scientists to specialise in multiple areas. I hope to be able to communicate science across disciplinary boundaries and to synthesise and distil the information down to the level where policy-makers can use it effectively. Either that, or I'd love to use statistics to help improve conditions in the developing world, by creating and analysing models for complex issues such as food distribution, climate change or disease outbreak. Immediately after I graduate, I want to travel to Peru and tackle the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Certain subjects can completely change the way you view the world. For me, studying Famine (GEOG10001) and Intro to International Politics (INST10001) provided these revelations, opening my mind to radically different perspectives through frameworks such as Sen's Entitlement Theory and Feminism/Gender in Politics. I never anticipated it, but university introduced me to feminism, through which my perception of the world has undoubtedly changed for the better. I hope that I am more aware of privilege and inequality now (with respect to gender, race and other arbitrary classifications), and I have made time to volunteer for a program that aims to tackle educational inequality in Victoria.
James received the 2015 Huntsman Australia Prize and the 2014 Dwight Prize in Chemistry.
For more information on breadth subject options, see here.
I have always had a passion for science and maths, but my inspiration for studying a Bachelor of Science came through the National Youth Science Forum. I was able to get hands-on experience in different science fields, and this inspired me to continue studying science in the hope of being able to use my skills to help others. Also, seeing the difference science and technology can make to the lives of everyone, in so many diverse and interesting ways, inspired me to continue studying in the STEM fields.
Meeting so many new likeminded people in my degree has been a big highlight of first year, as I have made lifelong friendships and formed great bonds with people in my degree who share a passion for biology. I have really enjoyed being able to study Italian as breadth through my Bachelor of Science, as it has allowed me to continue developing my language skills from high school as well as giving me the opportunity to study something outside of my specific degree. Another highlight would be the opportunity to go on exchange. This year, I was accepted to study abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. It is an exciting experience to be able to go overseas and travel while still gaining credit towards my degree.
The Bachelor of Science is a fantastic course that challenges you to work hard and exlore areas of science, maths, technology and engineering all within the same degree. It allows you to keep your options open get hands-on experience through prac subjects, lab visits and internships. I would love to work as a genetic councillor, helping families learn more about their genetics and discuss the likelihood of disease in their children, or work as a researcher on various genetic conditions to find causes, preventions and cures.
In my Undergraduate I decided on a major in Geology but also took subjects in Biology, Zoology and breadth in Anthropology. At present I am completing an Honours in Earth Sciences (Geology) focussing on sedimentary geology. My project looks at determining the origin of particular sediments in an interglacial sequence from the Neoproterozoic.
The thing that I love about science is the problem solving and endless possibilities. It makes me really excited about my work. I had some fabulous science teachers in high school who were really passionate about what they taught, and were successful at transferring their passion and enthusiasm to me, which is why I ended up pursuing it.
Field work is by far a stand out for me, both in my Undergraduate course and my Honours. My geology field trips have always been fun and challenging and have proven to be a great environment in which to bond with my fellow students, demonstrators and professors. Something a little out of the ordinary that I have enjoyed was volunteering to help out on the Melbourne Museum Dinosaur Dig.
Chloe received the 2014 PW Crohn Scholarship.
Find out more about geology field trip subjects here.
Peter’s Chemistry Honours is in inorganic synthesis; looking at magnetic molecules.
I have always been inquisitive, but watching Carl Sagan’s Cosmos really inspired me to want to know more about the world and how things work. I was inspired to study chemistry by the desire to understand how things work at the atomic level, and how to exploit this for the benefit of Earth's inhabitants. I had to complete my VCE again as I was a musician and had not studied science previously.
Studying at the University of Melbourne means a great deal to me, as I get to learn from world class academics doing important research. It has a great reputation for research and development and I get to be surrounded and inspired by deep thinkers. Also, the lush greenery is aesthetically pleasing to be around.
I decided to come back to study after being a drummer in various bands. I have been playing drums for many years and music is a passion of mine. I still play a few gigs around Melbourne town at local pubs and clubs, which is a great creative outlet and a way to reset my mind when study gets to be too much.
Peter received the 2014 Huntsman Australia Prize.
I have always been interested in learning about neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer's disease. Our memories essentially make us who we are - the thought of losing them devastated me and inspired me to want to learn more about the brain. Hopefully, I will be there when researchers discover a cure.
The highlight of my studies so far would be the opportunity to participate in clubs and programs outside of classes. In neuroscience we not only get to learn science content, but also about the brain research that is currently happening. Don't stress too much if you're still not sure what you want to do by the end of high school. The Bachelor of Science provides great flexibility and gives you chance to discover a breadth of all the sciences available.
For a few weeks at the end of 2016, April was a presenter in the Science Delivery Program. Find out more about the program here.
The highlight of my studies so far has been attending the Future Chemist/Biologist International Summer Camp (FCISC) 2016 in China. It has confirmed my interest in biomedical research while giving me the opportunity to make like-minded friends from all over the world. I now want to pursue biomedical research in the multi-disciplinary field of Immunology, Pathogenesis & Vaccine Design to improve the health of children, as I believe good health is an important priority.
The Bachelor of Science is a very flexible course, so use it to your advantage. If you don't know what you want to do, use the flexibility to explore the different subjects before choosing a major. If you know what major you want to do, BSci gives you the ability to precisely and perfectly complement your major.
Find out more about the FCISC here.
Satya Piccioni-Grenna, Psychology major
I grew up loving music, and I have always been interested in how music is perceived, created and responded to. I have been playing the drums alongside studying, and one day when I finally figured out a beat I was practicing I sat my drumsticks down and had this moment where I just thought, "Wow, there is an endless field of research that could be done on this. Think about all the cool neuro-feedback experiments that could be done!" After my BSc I hope to continue studying psychology, perhaps exploring the relationship between human affect and music, or the science of rhythm.
The psychology department is incredible here, and the staff love it when they get students that love what they do too. It's so easy to get wrapped up in a conversation after a lecture with them. Sometimes it's not even entirely relevant to the subject content but you just start to ask yourself all these questions and get on these really convoluted tangents, it's so awesome.
The assignments have never been easy - but that’s what I love about them! I have always felt so accomplished submitting them and proud of my newfound understanding of such complex topics. I have acquired so many skills through my degree and I know that despite having done a degree specifically focusing on psychology, I will be able to apply my skills in every aspect of what I choose to do next.
I stayed at University College during my first semester, which made the transition of moving to Melbourne on my own so much easier for me. I never felt alone, I was always surrounded by the friends I lived with and I can say without a doubt that I forged some incredible memories through college.
One day when I was leaving class I saw this rope tied between trees and people walking on it. I was a little confused as to what they were doing. It turns out it's called 'slacklining,' like an easier version of tight rope walking. This was happening in the middle of campus on South Lawn. I joined in and had a great time. Now we meet up all the time and other curious students join in, it's good fun and such a good break from studying.
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