After working on organic synthesis of a medicinal drug as part of her Bachelor of Science, Aimen Siddiqui has found an area of research she’s keen to pursue when she graduates.
Bachelor of Science
RMIT focuses more on the practical side of things rather than the theory which works for me as I find I understand things better if I can visualise a concept rather than read about it.
I always knew I wanted to study science but I couldn’t decide which discipline to pursue. I chose RMIT’s Applied Science program because it enabled me to do a semester of chemistry, biology, physics and maths.
I found myself being drawn toward chemistry, as it helped me understand life in a different way. The further I get into my studies, the more I’m intrigued.
RMIT focuses on the practical side of things rather than the theory which works for me. I find I understand things better if I can visualise a concept rather than just reading about it.
For me, one of the best things is being in a laboratory with a group of friends, doing experiments. I always look forward to my next lab class - it has become my second home.
My current science project is to do with organic synthesis of a medicinal drug. Eventually I’d like to pursue this area more deeply – perhaps write a thesis and possibly even get published.
The project has provided insight into what I could be doing when I’m working – doing practical analysis using high-tech analytical machines.
My advice for future students? Don’t be shy! Spend your first few weeks of university getting involved with different clubs and social outings as well as making friends in your lectures and labs. It is so important to make connections; even someone to just have lunch with sometimes makes all the difference in the world.
Also, talk to your academics; find out what they do and what their specialised field is. They’re not as scary as they look, and they want to help you as much as possible –use this to your benefit.
In the future, I see myself working in a research lab trying to find treatments for auto immune diseases such as diabetes, coeliac disease and thyroiditis.