After completing two different science-based bachelor degrees at other universities, Yao-Han Lee’s hunt for an interesting honours project took him to VU where he found top marks, supportive teaching staff, and the passion for PhD research.
“Straight after VCE, I completed a Bachelor of Biological Science at another university and then spent three years doing odd jobs. I wasn’t happy though, so I returned to study and completed a Bachelor of Aquaculture and Environmental Management at Melbourne Polytechnic. There, I was encouraged to complete an honours year. I looked around for projects that interested me and found one at VU. I spent my honours year looking at heavy metal bioaccumulation in seagrass.
The best thing about my course was the understanding nature of my supervisors and peers. At VU I found myself in a very supportive environment where I could freely ask for advice and assistance. My greatest achievement so far would have to be the H1 I received for my honours project.
During my studies I had the opportunity to undertake additional training in statistics, as well as general laboratory practices. I found that this workplace training gave me more confidence in my abilities as a scientist, and this translated to better output and quality outcomes in my project.
After gaining interesting results in my honours year, I am now planning to continue on with a doctorate to see if the kind of testing I developed in my project is applicable in other locations and other kinds of plants. Currently I’m looking for work and applying for a PhD scholarship at VU to continue my research.”