The Master of Science is preparing me for a career in Earth Sciences by having a good mix of research and coursework.

Stephanie Jacobs

Stephanie Jacobs
Stephanie Jacobs

Why did you decide to study the Master of Science (Earth Sciences) at the University of Melbourne?

The Master of Science is preparing me for a career in Earth Sciences by having a good mix of research and coursework. By studying subjects in a wide range of areas such as Meteorology, Climate Change and Statistics I am getting the background for future research as well as the scientific writing skills needed to prepare peer reviewed papers.

What is your favourite part of the program and why?

Doing my own research is definitely my favourite part of the program and being able to control where the project goes is incredibly liberating and rewarding.

Throughout this course I have had many opportunities to present my research in class and at international conferences, which has helped me to develop another important skill; the ability to communicate science effectively to an audience. The conferences have also proved to be an invaluable opportunity to network.

As a result I am now in regular correspondence with two well known scientists in the USA, including Professor Laurence Kalkstein from the University of Miami who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

What would you say to someone considering studies at the Melbourne Graduate School of Science?

You only get out of it what you put in, which has taught me academic discipline.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is researching climate impacts on human health at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in the Marine and Atmospheric Science division.

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