• Question: how did you become a scientist

    Asked by 624susa23 to Ahmed, Francesca, George, James, Nitheen on 12 Nov 2014. This question was also asked by molly_watson01, 464susa23, ross, ii_steve_ii.
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      James Sullivan answered on 12 Nov 2014:

      Hi 624susa,

      I enjoyed stories about scientists in primary school, really enjoyed science in secondary school and decided to do a degree in science in a university.
      Once I’d done my BSc I stayed in UCC and did a doctoral degree.

      I hope this answers the question.

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      Francesca Paradisi answered on 12 Nov 2014:

      I went to a secondary school which was very scientifically bias and then I did chemistry in college. Always loved science!

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      George Dowson answered on 13 Nov 2014:

      In a way being a scientist is all about applying the scientific method. In that way I’ve been a scientist since I was around your level at school!
      Becoming a professional scientist involves picking a science subject you like and are good at, studying that subject at A level and University. Once you have a degree or PhD (doctorate) you can go into many science based positions and be paid to study scientific research.
      I studied Chemistry with industrial experience at Bristol University and stayed to do a PhD in catalytic chemistry before starting my current 4-year post doctorate position as a Research Assistant/Associate at the University of Sheffield.

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      Nitheen Kaperi answered on 13 Nov 2014:

      Hi Susa,

      I think I always wanted to know how things worked around me. So I never became a scientist per se. My academic training allows me to do it more systematically.

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      Ahmed Osman answered on 17 Nov 2014:

      I have a teacher when I was child we make me love the science so much and every time he saw me he said you will be a scientist, this is why I decided to be a SCIENTIST while I was child. I think each one of us need role model in his life to motivate him or her to success, am I right?