Through his journey from Open Days and student recruitment events during high school, Taylor was impressed by the University of Waikato Science labs and facilities and so decided Waikato was where he belonged in order to study towards his Master of Science.
What are you studying?
Natural products chemistry (Master of Science (Research), majoring in Chemistry). Specifically, I am investigating marine algae for natural products that can be used in the horticulture industry to control the kiwifruit pathogen Psa.
Where are you from?
Tauranga, New Zealand.
Why did you choose The University of Waikato?
I originally chose to study at Waikato because of experiences that I had at open days and other events for prospective students. I was impressed by the labs and facilities and found that the lecturers were always happy to talk to me about my options and opportunities at university. The Hamilton campus was also close to home, which has allowed me to visit my family often while studying.
What do you like about studying at The University of Waikato?
There are lots of opportunities available if you work hard. I have been lucky during my time studying to attend several conferences and winter schools and participate in a summer research scholarship - I found that these helped me to decide what kind of career I wanted. I have also found that the lecturers and staff are actively interested in my development and future and want to help me succeed.
What are your hopes for the future?
I would like to work in New Zealand’s primary industries. I hope to positively influence people’s lives in whatever work I end up doing, whether that be supporting the horticulture industry through scientific research or biosecurity work, and I believe that my current programme of study is an important part of working towards this goal.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by the opportunity to participate in solving problems and identifying solutions. In particular, I am excited by the idea of helping to support New Zealand’s horticulture industry, which is important to the lives of so many people.
What would you like to do when you graduate?
I would like to work in New Zealand’s primary industries, specifically horticulture. I believe that there are opportunities for a graduate with my background in several areas – including in scientific research and government work on biosecurity and other challenges associated with the horticulture industry.