Fiona Naughton

Summer Scholar - Research School of Biology

In addition to the valuable skills I learnt from my project, living on campus with fellow summer scholars meant that evenings and weekends were greatly enjoyable, and I was able to form lasting connections with like-minded people.

Science has always fascinated me, and since commencing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney it has been my intention to continue on to a career in research.

My interests lie most strongly in physics and biochemistry, and having decided to do my honours year in physics, my project as an ANU summer research scholar - investigating the possibility of a riboswitch in the plant carotenoid pathway - provided a last foray into biochemistry-based research, reinforcing this field as an alternative if I decide to leave physics.

In addition to the valuable skills I learnt from my project, living on campus with fellow summer scholars meant that evenings and weekends were greatly enjoyable, and I was able to form lasting connections with like-minded people. Overall, this made my experience as an ANU summer research scholar thoroughly worthwhile, and I strongly recommend the program to any students who want a taste of a research career.