I've had a great day of chats, so many awesome questions! I can't wait for the next chats tomorrow! :)
University of Birmingham – PhD in Metalllurgy: 2014 – Now. De Montfort University – Degree in Forensic Science: 2011 – 2014
Degree in Forensic Science, A-levels in Biology, Geography and Business. GCSEs in 13 subjects
I have carried out research experiments, been an awful shop assistant, bar maid, lab demonstrator and waitress.
PhD research student
University of Birmingham
I’m a metallurgist; I look at how the bits inside metals, that are so small we can’t see with the naked eye, affect how the metal acts and what the metal can be used for – as you wouldn’t want a skyscraper made from your kitchen foil!
My Typical Day:
II spend lots of time working on metals; I polish them so there are no scratches, test how strong they are and look using a microscope to see what it looks like up close. I then check my emails and drink lots of tea and help students in labs sometimes.
What I'd do with the prize money:
I would spend it on bits and bobs which can be used to make school visits more interesting. The goody bag would include items including fingerprinting kits (like CSI), mini microscopes and some fun science based games!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Energetic, Fun, Happy
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I’m really nosey! As a scientist we get to ask why and find out things we wouldn’t otherwise know!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not often. Sometimes I forgot to do my homework and would spend the whole lesson waiting to be told off!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
On holiday all of the time!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I love Taylor Swift!
What's your favourite food?
Cheese! The more cheese the better.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I went caving under Budapest. I was scared I would get stuck but I didn’t and was really proud afterwards.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be happy, healthy and to have a time watch so I never run out of time.
Tell us a joke.
What did the volcano say to his wife? I lava you so much!