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ECU Science students put on a show

Thursday, 13 September 2018


Attendees were welcomed onto campus by Mike Di Virgilio, from the student recruitment team, who gave a presentation on pathways to university and reasons why ECU has been voted the top public university for student satisfaction in Australia.  Dr Dave Blake, the Course Coordinator for the Degree of Sustainability, gave an overview of the areas of study available within the science disciplines.  Dr Harriet Mills, Work Integrated Learning Coordinator, was also available to answer any questions on the opportunities available to students to partake in work placements in their final year of study.

Prospective students were then taken on a guided tour of the schools’ state of the art facilities, by Nardia Bordas, laboratory technician, who then handed the tour over to our current science students.

Bridget Duncan, Bachelor of Science Honour student, shared her stories and photographs of her time spent in Beijing, China, as part of her student study tour.  Bridget particularly enjoyed studying alongside the local students, who she now sees around our Joondalup campus.

Michelle Craig, currently studying her Master of Environmental Science, spoke about starting out life as a pastry chef, and during this career discovered an interest for issues around environmental waste.  Years later, Michelle bravely pursued her passion and enrolled in the ECU Uni Prep course, before embarking and successfully completing her Bachelor of Environmental Science with higher distinctions.  She is now enjoying a work integrated learning placement as part of her Master’s degree and is on course to successfully complete with another higher distinction grade average at the end of this year.  Not bad for someone that didn’t show any interest in science at school.

Our final presenter was Emily Lette, Master of Biological Sciences student.  Emily took the audience on a journey from a childhood in Canada, where her passion for science began, and later across the ocean to Australia. Since studying at ECU, Emily has worked part-time as an ECU lab demonstrator, whilst completing her Bachelor of Biological Science.  Emily is the first researcher to successfully mate WA’s critically endangered Hairy Marron in an aquarium setting, and was recently awarded the best student presentation prize for her presentation on her research at the 22nd International Symposium on Freshwater Crayfish in Pittsburgh, USA.

The evening concluded with a Q&A session and a buzz of excitement about future opportunities of studying science at ECU.

For enquiries about science engagement at ECU, please contact: Michelle Austin, Science Engagement Coordinator,


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