• Question: What brought you to the branch of science that you do?

    Asked by kyak1fed on 14 Mar 2024. This question was also asked by deed1sap, make1cue, prisha, drew1raw, fact1peps, desk1tee, sofia xpx, gate1sewn.
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      Kirsty Ross answered on 14 Mar 2024:


      It was a long and winding road from an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in microbiology, via jobs in immunology and public engagement with chemistry research, to a role supporting computer scientists to share their research with the world. I now get to investigate how we can make Wikipedia and her sister projects more inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible.

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      Hayley Pincott answered on 22 Mar 2024:


      I had a look around a lab at my local hospital and I absolutely loved it. So when a job came up, I started to work there. I like biology at school so working in biomedical science involves biology, so i went to university to study biomedical science. If you want to become a biomedical scientist you need to make sure you study an IBMS accredited degree because it will make career progression a little more difficult, not impossible, just a bit harder.

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      Liz Barron-Majerik answered on 11 Apr 2024:


      It was my mum – she was a flower arranger and knew all the flower names! I wanted to know them too – though I am still terrible at remembering them. I at least know why they have those names now though!

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      Amy Rattenbury answered on 12 Apr 2024:


      My journey into forensic anthropology and archaeology was initially sparked by a childhood fascination with spies and a keen interest in detective shows like CSI. I was captivated by the process of uncovering hidden details that could solve mysteries, which led me to explore how these concepts apply to real-world science.

      As I delved deeper, my focus shifted towards the human stories that bones and artefacts reveal. Studying forensic anthropology allowed me to engage directly with this curiosity, using scientific methods to uncover facts about people’s lives and deaths from their skeletal remains. Archaeology expanded this interest further by allowing me to explore the artefacts and environmental contexts associated with these remains, providing a broader picture of ancient lifestyles and cultures.

      This blend of detective work and historical exploration made forensic anthropology and archaeology the perfect fit for me, combining the thrill of solving mysteries with the profound impact of connecting to human history.

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      Liv Gaskill answered on 18 Apr 2024:


      I originally wanted to go into forensic science, but once I started A-Levels I fell in love with psychology, and my own experience with mental health meant I wanted to pursue it further. So I did psychology at uni, and in my third year we did a module on neuropsychology and that’s when I was inspired to do a Master’s degree in Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience.

      Then after my Master’s degree I realised I preferred talking to and teaching people about science rather than doing the scientific research itself, so I pursued a career in science communication.

      It goes to show that your interests and career path can change at any time – and that’s okay! You don’t have to have it all figured out from the start.

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