Keely Bowler

Keely enjoys learning how the world works at a chemical level and hopes to take her interest further to PhD study in drug development.

Key facts

Iwi: Te Roroa, Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Whātua

Programme: Bachelor of Science

Subject: Medicinal Chemistry

Bachelor of Science student Keely always enjoyed chemistry and biology. Going on to study medicinal chemistry at university was a good option, combining both of the subjects she loved in school. She says: “I enjoy learning how everything fits together and it all just makes sense.”

Keely has been awarded a University of Auckland Māori Academic Excellence Scholarship to support her with her studies. The scholarships are awarded to exceptional Year 13 Māori students entering the first year of an undergraduate degree programme or Certificate of Health Sciences.

She’s also been taking advantage of the Tuākana programme in the School of Chemical Sciences. “I have been attending some of the tutorials. The tutors are really nice and supportive. It's been super helpful. Especially the tutorials with the lecturers - you get to talk to them face to face in a small group of people. Also you get lots of extra practice material.”

After completing her undergraduate degree, Keely hopes to carry on studying up to PhD level. “I hope to go into some kind of research and maybe in drug development. I just hope to be involved with something that I enjoy learning about.”