Hear from our Science Scholars

Our students share what it's like to be a Science Scholar. Read their stories below.

Imogen Bunting

Science Scholar Imogen Bunting

Being a Science Scholar has made me even more determined to pursue a career in research. It's given me a better understanding of what I will have to do to embark on that career (for example, post-doctoral fellowships or working for an industry or NGO before I can get a permanent academic position).

I now have some ideas about the type of research I would like to do and what is involved in terms of finding supervisors, designing a project and communicating my work across disciplines.

The Science Scholars programme has given me greater confidence in my ability to contribute to science.

Imogen Bunting Science Scholar

It has given me greater enthusiasm for science in general, a greater understanding of some of the complex issues involved, and greater confidence in my ability to contribute to science. I have also made plenty of friends through the Science Scholars programme and learned a lot about the process of doing research.

Tristan Pang

Science Scholar Tristan Pang

Being a Science Scholar has helped confirmed my future goal of being an academic. Not only did the programme offer useful lectures, activities and mentorship, it has highlighted the process involved in doing research. I feel that now I have completed the Science Scholars programme, I am well equipped to pursue my postgraduate studies.

I feel that now I have completed the Science Scholars programme, I am well equipped to pursue my postgraduate studies. 

Tristan Pang Science Scholar

The three-year Science Scholars programme is well structured and has helped me understand what's going on around our world and what needs to be done. It has inspired me to contribute to the world from a scientific perspective by educating future generations, increasing public awareness of the problems we are facing, and ultimately make a difference in the world.

Joni White

Science Scholar Joni White

Science Scholars encouraged me to pursue a PhD and gave me the critical thinking skills that I use every day. The programme taught me to think 'outside the box' when presented with new research, to ask questions that haven't been asked yet, to discuss science... The list is endless.

The critical thinking skills I gained from Science Scholars have been essential to my daily life as a PhD student.

Joni White Science Scholar

Science Scholars got me SO excited about science, and the prospect of doing real research was extremely motivating, and now I'm doing my PhD in Molecular Medicine at the University of Auckland.

The programme gave me friends who have the same interests as me, who encouraged me to think deeply and work hard. Science Scholars also gave me exposure to other areas of science that I'm less familiar with, which is awesome. Like I said, the critical thinking skills I gained from Science Scholars have been essential to my daily life as a PhD student!