In response to an increasing demand for graduates with practical skills and real-world experience, the University of Waikato has tailored its science qualifications to produce work-ready graduates who are prepared for the future.
Here’s what two University of Waikato students are doing.
"The flexible Bachelor of Science (BSc) course structure and passionate lecturers have allowed for more one-on-one time with staff and more feedback on assignments. I believe I wouldn't be where I am today without that additional help."
Smaller class sizes, enthusiastic lecturers and field trips to exciting North Island locations has made Earth Sciences study at Waikato a top experience for student Billy Bodger.
Billy completed a BSc in Earth Sciences before beginning a Masters (MSc) in 2013, with a focus on geology.
"The flexible BSc course structure and passionate lecturers have allowed for more one-on-one time with staff and more feedback on assignments. I believe I wouldn't be where I am today without that additional help," says Billy.
Some memorable field trips have included a six-day excursion to Hawke's Bay to study sedimentary geology and a trip to the GNS Science Wairakei Research Centre for volcanic geochemistry.
"Both of these field trips and all the other practical activities and applied research I’ve done at Waikato have given me a valuable insight into the tasks I could expect to encounter in industry. I know these experiences will give me a head-start career-wise."
A School of Science Masters Research Scholarship in late in 2013 helped kick-start Billy's masters study. Now undertaking research in volcanic geology and gold mineralisation, Billy’s been fortunate to work with an international mining corporation and is now trained to use a range of Waikato's excellent laboratory facilities specific to his research. "Being able to tailor my degree to suit my strengths and interests makes Waikato a top choice for study. Once you come to Waikato, the doors will open for you and the opportunities are endless."
"Now my goal is to improve the welfare of captive animals and conserve endangered species."
After seeing the awful living conditions of some animals in Japanese zoos, Ashleigh Weatherall knew she wanted to make a difference to animal welfare. Her first step was to enrol in a Bachelor of Science (BSc (Tech)) at the University of Waikato.
“In high school I received a scholarship to live in Japan for three weeks. This was a real eye-opener, as I saw the poor conditions in which animals live in captivity. Now my goal is to improve the welfare of captive animals and conserve endangered species.”
Following secondary school at Mahurangi College in Warkworth, Ashleigh chose Waikato because it was close to home and, more importantly, because she could complete a major in Animal Behaviour with supporting papers in physiology.
“Highlights from my study so far would be shaping hens’ behaviour in the Ruakura animal lab and observing capuchin monkeys’ behaviour at the Hamilton Zoo during a class field trip.
Study something you love, because you’ll never get bored. There’ll always be something new and interesting for you to learn.”
Want to know more? Click here.