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Science scholarship leads to sea change

Friday, 29 July 2016


A couple of months ago, Nicholas Mondello was all ready to join the Navy after he finished his degree at the end of this year.

But after a series of what he described as “real wow moments” the Bachelor of Biology/Bachelor of Mathematics student now has his heart set on a career in research.

What really set Nich’s mind on taking on research as a career was a recent trip to Sydney to rub shoulders with the best and brightest Australian students in science and engineering.

Nich was selected for the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Winter School Scholarship as ECU’s top student.

Each year ECU sends one top science student on an expenses paid trip to the AINSE Winter School Scholarship in Sydney.

He was among students from other universities visiting Australia’s only nuclear research reactor at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation to perform experiments and learn about the cutting-edge research happening there.

“To be around all of these other scientists – these other nerds – was awesome. Every conversation came back to something about science,” he said.

“That’s when I really realised that there could be something in this for me.

“Two months ago, all I knew about Honours and Masters studies was that they happened after you graduated – but now I’m trying to figure out which I’ll be studying.”

For more information on AINSE and ECU’s program visit the AINSE research profile webpage.

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