Jessica Teoh, Bachelor of Medical Research
The University of Tasmania fosters a great atmosphere to study and friendly community to live in. It provides great opportunities, and above all the University values students, our opinions and our successes.
I am about to embark on third year of the Bachelor of Medical Research (BMedRes). I am a recipient of a Tasmania University Scholarship, which first attracted me to come to the University of Tasmania. I got to know my course coordinator from the first day. They stay updated throughout my degree. My lecturers are approachable, supportive and enthusiastic. They want us to do well and impart what they know. I love the small cohort because I can get to know the people I go to class with and have a support network where everyone encourages each other. The resources at the Sandy Bay Campus and the Medical Science Precinct in Hobart are easily accessible.
The BMedRes is a course with many options ranging from Human Physiology, Pharmacology to Animal Biology. The diversity enables me to explore my interests in all fields, build upon and make connections between different areas of study. It also gives me knowledge and a greater understanding of the sciences that serve as a platform for further studies in Medicine.
As a medical research student, I was privileged to attend the MediVision Medical Research Symposiumin Hobart in May 2015. During the reception, I was inspired by Nobel Prize Winner Professor Ciechanover from Israel who discovered the Ubiquitin Proteolytic System. His advice to me as an undergraduate was to look at medical research from a global perspective.
A highlight so far is definitely being nominated by the University of Tasmania to apply for the Australian government's New Colombo Plan Scholarship. I will be studying for a semester at the National University of Singapore (NUS) as an ambassador for the University of Tasmania, Australian undergraduate students at large and the New Colombo Plan. I also intend to undertake an internship at the National University Hospital on cancer research or vaccine development focusing on infectious diseases. Ultimately I would like to be a leader in the medical sector and contribute to shaping Australia's health policies.