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Aikaterini Mamareli BSc Biochemistry, 2016

Undergraduate student

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I attended three summer internships at University Hospital of Athens, where I worked as a research assistant. This experience gave me the opportunity to learn how a real laboratory is run and gain further valuable laboratory techniques to enhance my knowledge around the field of research.

The main reason that I personally chose biochemistry is because I am interested in research around infectious diseases, so I believe that biochemistry gave me all the necessary tools for such a career. I believe that a BSc in Biochemistry provides an all-round education in order to proceed in a career in research or industry.

I chose Southampton because I believe that their alignment and association with industry are an indication of the high quality of the teaching supplied. Besides that, Southampton University is ranked highly across the UK, which further persuaded me to choose Southampton. Finally, the distinguished staff that Southampton University attracts was another reason.

The thing I loved most about Southampton was the feeling of campus life, as it is very important to feel comfortable and at home as an international student. The library and other spaces such as the public classrooms were very useful as were most the resources available there. I really enjoyed group studying as it filled in gaps in my knowledge through discussion with friends and other students. Due to the fact that I was a member of the National tennis team in my home country, I continued playing with my friends every week. Moreover, the Jubilee Sports Centre provides a variety of class activities from dancing to kick boxing, where I had fun and it was nice to spend some of my free time there.

I attended three summer internships at University Hospital of Athens, where I worked as a research assistant. This experience gave me the opportunity to learn how a real laboratory is run and gain further valuable laboratory techniques to enhance my knowledge around the field of research.

My dissertation project at ‘Southampton General Hospital’ was the greatest experience, as it was the first time that I carried out an individual project. At the same time it provided me with a greater understanding on how to evaluate scientific results, where my supervisor played a key role.

Following my graduation, I will attend the MREs in Drug Development and Design at the Imperial University.

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