Student Spotlight – Caitlin Marr

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Featured News, Newsletter

What do you enjoy most about science?

I enjoy the problem-solving side of science. It’s as if you are viewing the world as a puzzle, and by using science, the answers can be found. I love to investigate and solve things, so science really appeals to me in that aspect.

When did you first start enjoying and feeling connected to science?

I’ve loved science my whole life. I read encyclopedias from cover to cover when I was younger, and I’ve always loved the idea of finding the answers to my many questions. However, it wasn’t until I was 10 or 11-years-old that I realised I actually wanted to pursue a career in science, and since then I’ve always stuck to that.

What’s your favourite area of science?

There are so many areas of science that I love, but my favourite has got to be physics. I love physics because it’s this perfect combination of maths and science; my two favourite subjects. It’s all about equations and problem solving and figuring out how the world works.

What’s been your favourite science experiment or discovery so far?

One of my favourite experiments and discoveries was my Year 8 science investigation with Emily Walter in 2018. We investigated the strength of different hair types, shades and textures. Not only was the investigation a rewarding and enjoyable experience; we also won the UTAS Science and Engineering Investigation Awards: Best Health and Wellbeing Project Intermediate for Year 7 and 8, UTAS Science and Engineering Investigation Awards: Overall First Place for Year 7 and 8, Tasmanian Science Talent Search; Merit Award, and Tasmanian Science Talent Search; Rowe Scientific Award. We were so lucky, and it was an incredible experience.

What’s the thing you’ve learnt in science that has always stayed with you? What’s been a key part of your learning in science?

Never stop asking questions. The whole foundation of science is asking questions and inquiring into ideas. To enjoy science, you must be open-minded and willing to explore different concepts and notions, so you must always ask questions and wonder.

Which scientist inspires you and why?

I have many scientific role models; Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. I think they are all strong, fantastic women who have paved the way for many modern advances in science.

Do you want to study science and explore this as a career path? If yes, what will be your main focus?

Yes, I wish to pursue a career in science, specifically in physics. I would also like to teach Mathematics and Science at a high school level.

What would be your dream science experience or job?

My dream job would be to work as an astrophysicist at NASA.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome while studying science?

My biggest challenge in science is actually deciding which field to go into as a career. I love so many aspects of science that it was really hard to narrow my focus in order to prepare for my university degrees.

What advice would you give to other aspiring science students?

Never stop asking questions about the world.

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