The challenge of breaking new ground in research appeals to me.Ada Yan

Ada Yan
MSc Physics Student - Ada Yan

What inspires you about Physics?

I am attracted to Physics because it probes the fundamental laws of nature and provides a mathematical, logical framework to the interactions we see in the everyday world.

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

After completing my undergraduate degree at Melbourne, I decided to continue in the Master of Science as this course will give me a strong foundation in both coursework and research to pursue a PhD.

What is your favourite part of the program and why?

What I love most about studying in the Physics Department is the sense of community. I really enjoy learning from and with my peers, whether they are fellow Master students, PhD candidates or academic staff. Even when there is no direct collaboration, being able to converse with others about their area of research has been invaluable.

What do you see yourself doing after finishing your degree?

After finishing my degree I plan to undertake a PhD. Although at this stage I don’t know whether I would like to end up in academia or industry, the challenge of breaking new ground in research appeals to me.

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

For students who consider studying Physics in the Graduate School of Science I have the following advice:

  • speak to as many people as you can to find out what the course is really like; and
  • explore research areas you may not have previously considered.

Finding a research group was also very important to me as it suited my interest and complemented my learning style.

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