Choose Science. Change the world.
A careers event like no other.
Thinking about studying science? Not sure where it can lead? Come along to our careers evening and find out where science can take you.
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Date: Tuesday 22 May 2018
Location: University of Canterbury Ilam Campus, Central Lecture Theatres
Learn about degree options and campus life. Hear from some of our inspiring graduates and find out how they’ve turned their passions into successful careers with a science degree.
Entry is free. Bring your friends and whānau!
The changemaker | Ann Brower (MC)
Ann is a senior lecturer in geography at University of Canterbury. She is a political scientist by training, with expertise in land reform, biodiversity conservation, and environmental decision-making. She was also the sole survivor after the Christchurch city bus she was on was crushed by a building during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, killing 12 people on board. This experience, combined with her scientific expertise, journey of recovery and successful lobbying of government for improvements to the Building Act; taught her valuable lessons on how “we little guys can make a difference”. Photo by Martin Hunter
The adventurer | Sophie Bainbridge
Sophie graduated from UC with a BSc in Geology and MSc in Engineering Geology. She is now an Engineering Geologist at Golder Associates. Her role with Golder Associates sees her working on a variety of mining and infrastructure projects, in New Zealand and internationally. Some of her previous jobs have included work in Australia, Africa, and even Antarctica. Sophie’s goals in life are ‘to have fun and never stop learning’ in her career, which she says is one of the best parts of a career in geology.
The researcher | Aimee Martin
To say Aimee loves geography is an understatement. She has studied the subject at almost all levels at university, recently graduating with a Master of Science in Geography, and is now applying what’s she’s learned in her job as an assistant research analyst at Christchurch City Council. She loves how relevant geography is in the real world and says choosing UC was a great decision career-wise.
“Although I didn’t know it when I decided to come to Canterbury, being able to study Geography, and apply what we have learnt in a city recovering from a major disaster, has been invaluable.”
The entrepreneur | Logan Williams
Logan gained a BSc in Psychology from UC and is now an entrepreneur and founder of biomanufacturing company, Biome. His passion in life is to create concepts and ideas to solve major issues faced in the modern world. Logan’s company aims to manufacture biodegradable products, such as plastic and fabrics, from the invasive pest-algae Didymo. The impact his company can have on both New Zealand’s waterways and the creation of better environmentally-friendly products has earned him a lot of awards – including First Place and People’s Choice wins through the Summer Startup Programme, and a UC Innovators’ Summer Startup Scholarship through the Centre of Entrepreneurship to develop his company.
The creator | Bevan Wilmshurst
Bevan graduated from UC with a BSc in Physics and BM in Music Composition. He is now a Senior Associate at Traffic Design Group Limited, focusing on the application of microsimulation models to assist with transport modelling. Transport models help people make decisions and assess the impact of road schemes and changing travel patterns. Through his work, Bevan uses 3D graphics to create ‘SimCity’ type microsimulation models. These models are unique and very powerful. They can even predict the impact of changes in one area of the network on other areas, such as a queue blocking an adjacent intersection or queue shockwaves along a motorway. Bevan loves his work and always finds it interesting and challenging.
The lifechanger | Cam Hoosen
Cam is a research assistant in UC’s Psychology department and is also studying towards a BSc in Psychology. He initially planned on a career in design but after four years in the industry decided to follow his passions into Psychology. He has always been fascinated by how the brain works and how small changes can have a massive impact on how people think and function in their daily lives. Psychology was the perfect study path to explore this further and would lead to a career where he could work with people to improve their lives and achieve their own goals. After his BSc, Cam plans on completing an MSc before pursuing a career as a clinical psychologist.
The boss | Sylvia Maclaren
As programme manager for storm water and land drainage at Christchurch City Council, Sylvia has a lot of responsibility. She’s in charge of building all the major infrastructure that protects Christchurch against flood events, manages an annual budget of $80 million and oversees a team of 18 senior staff. Sylvia has a BSc in Ecology with First Class Honours from UC and a MBA with First Class Honours. She says her science degree has been “invaluable” in her career – however, it almost didn’t happen. “I initially started out doing a double degree in classical studies and biology but dropped the classics when I realised how much more I enjoyed science!”
Where to go
Free parking will be available in the Clyde Car Park. From there, make your way to the Central Lecture Theatres (see red map pins below).
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