A pathway to PhD in science

Ghofran Al-nasiri, a refugee from Iraq, was given a chance to achieve her dreams of becoming a science researcher through VU’s pathways program.

"I was born in Iraq and I left my country during the Gulf War at the age of 10. I spent five years in a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia before settling in Iran. In 1999, at the age of 20, I came to Australia with a young child and shortly after arriving in Australia I had my second child. In 2007 I decided to pursue my dream of having an education.

English is my second language so when I began my VCE at TAFE, I wasn't able to speak and write even basic sentences. I completed years 11 and 12, however my ATAR score was low. I was lucky because I was offered a place in Foundation Studies as a pathway course at Victoria University to continue my journey and achieve my goal.

The acknowledgements I received from the university along the way encouraged me to achieve more. In 2009, I received an Outstanding Achievement Certificate in Foundation Studies. In 2012, I received the Golden Key International Honour Society Certificate. In 2014 I received the Dean’s Scholar Awards of College of Engineering and Science.

I am currently undertaking my PhD research in a project which aims to develop strategies for extending shelf-life of food products. I am also teaching undergraduate chemistry lab classes and some tutorial classes. My next goal is to become a lecturer and researcher and use my experience to influence and inspire other students as much as possible."

Courses studied

Foundation Studies in Engineering and Science

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Chemical Science) (no longer offered)

Doctor of Philosophy

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Ghofran Al-nasiri