According to Dean’s Scholar, Simon Collett, the area of biotechnology is a new and evolving field and the future may well hold unimagined work and research opportunities.
Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar) (Honours) (Biotechnology)
Biotechnology is an excellent degree for those interested in learning about the microscale functioning of living systems, and excited by the possibility of applying that knowledge in beneficial ways.
Learning about how living systems function at a molecular level fascinates me, and as a developing field, biotechnology provides countless new opportunities to learn and to apply that knowledge in useful ways.
I was attracted to RMIT because the university is internationally recognised as a leader in research and has a reputation for providing hands-on, vocationally oriented training in the applied sciences. I was particularly interested in the practical, laboratory-based focus of the biotechnology courses, which I believe will provide a perfect basis for future employment or further studies.
I was selected to join the newly established Dean’s scholar honours program after my first semester at RMIT. The program is tailored to provide students with work experience on real-life science projects early on during their studies, and is a direct pathway to an honours degree. My work on two research projects at the Bundoora laboratories has not only furthered my learning, knowledge and enthusiasm for my studies, but has also been an excellent opportunity to network with practitioners in the field of biotechnology.
My studies at RMIT have honed my research and analytical writing skills and equipped me with a high standard of technical, laboratory and safety skills. Thanks to my training so far, I’m now confident in conducting independent research, writing advanced research reports, and working in a variety of laboratory environments.
Every subject that I took as part of my biotechnology degree has been important and fascinating. I like to look at the degree as a jigsaw puzzle - each individual course is an essential piece that helps me get closer to an understanding of the discipline as a whole. All biotechnology subjects are related and knowledge is built on from course to course. This means that my acquired knowledge remains relevant and it gives me the chance to apply my skills in different settings.
The focus on hands-on laboratory work is an excellent preparation for a later career in research. RMIT graduates in biotechnology are equipped with a set of vocationally relevant skills through their education. This is furthered by the University’s active encouragement to study abroad or complete work placements as part of the degree, all of which adds to the knowledge and skill that students can bring to the workplace.
I’ve had the opportunity to work directly with postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers as part of the Dean’s scholar honours program. I have been involved in a bioremediation project undertaken by the environmental sustainability and remediation laboratory, and am currently undertaking work with the RMIT plant biotechnology lab in Bundoora.
Participation in both projects has enabled me to apply the skills learned in class in a real-life setting and has given me an insights into the workings of a professional research laboratory. This experience has helped to consolidate skills learned in other courses and has given me confidence to approach further study and employment opportunities.